Members of the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) serving in the Philadelphia Police Department made contributions to the virtual exhibit of the National Law Enforcement Museum's Pride Behind the Badge Exhibit. This exhibition, which delves into the history and experiences of LGBTQIA+ law enforcement professionals, spans from the 1960s to the present day. By submitting pictures and pins, the GOAL members have added valuable content that highlights their community's involvement and contributions to the field.
The Pride exhibit at the National Law Enforcement Museum is a comprehensive exploration of LGBTQIA+ individuals' careers in law enforcement. It incorporates a wide range of media, including audio and video recordings of oral history interviews, as well as images capturing pivotal moments in LGBTQ+ and law enforcement interactions. Through a chronological narrative, the exhibit showcases the progress made by LGBTQIA+ law enforcement professionals over the years and celebrates their ongoing contributions to the profession.
The GOAL members from the Philadelphia Police Department have shared pictures depicting their participation in Pride events and parades from 2018 and 2019. These images not only capture the vibrant spirit and diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community but also demonstrate the Philadelphia Police Department's commitment to inclusivity and support for its LGBTQIA+ officers. The "Serving with Pride" PPD pin and images of the LGBTQ1 patrol car further exemplify the department's efforts to foster an environment of acceptance and unity.
The National Law Enforcement Museum's Pride Exhibit not only honors the trailblazing LGBTQIA+ individuals who have paved the way for greater inclusion in law enforcement but also serves as a source of inspiration for current and future generations of officers. By acknowledging and celebrating the accomplishments and sacrifices of LGBTQIA+ law enforcement professionals, the exhibit reinforces the importance of diversity, equality, and respect within the profession.
Below are images that were submitted to the museum. Click here to visit the Pride Behind the Badge Exhibit.