Austin Police Department & LGPOA – Austin – It Gets Better
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[Austin Police Department & LGPOA – Austin – It Gets Better]
How far down can you see? I am trying not to slouch because it makes me look fat.
Oh, yeah sorry
Oh! my god
Little bit slouching.
Am I okay with that?
I tend to slouch, so I am going to try and keep myself up.
Yeah, right up there
Back here okay.
Before we put on our uniform…
My name is Laura Correa and I am a senior police officer with Austin Police Department.
Before we go to work protection the citizens of Austin…
I am a Victim Witness Council with the Austin Police Department.
We are a part of Texas…
I am a native Texan, born and bred.
… and we are gay. Source: LYBIO.net
I grew up in a small town in the Panhandle of Texas it was a small farming community.
I obviously play ball, meaning football because when somebody says playing ball in Texas it’s always going to be football, it’s not going to be baseball, it’s not going to be hockey, it’s not going to be softball or – it’s football, that’s what we do.
Sports are my thing, I love sports, I love playing soccer that’s my first love I’ve played since I was six years old.
Student, government, clubs, band, football.
I was President of the Asian Club.
Both my sisters were cheerleaders, Straight-A students, I was nowhere near Straight-A student and definitely it was not a trend.
I wasn’t really a part of the lot of groups I got into a lot of fights in junior high.
I started having crushes on girls and it kind of came to me that they’re all interested in boys and I am not really that gung ho about it.
I didn’t want to be the damsel in distress being protected. I wanted to protect the damsel in distress, I knew, I was different, but I didn’t feel like there was anything wrong with me.
Well, I was a quiet guy, I was little different, I wasn’t the same as the other boys.
I remember having a dream where I kissed a girl, a popular girl in my class and growing up in Texas, I thought well that’s not normal.
And I remember holding hands with one guy, and I thought this just doesn’t feel right, this is guys this is just doesn’t feel right.
When I came out to my mother I decided the best way to do it was through text message, I could not tell her face to face or unfortunately, I couldn’t even call her and tell her.
I found that it was so much easier in society just to follow the norms and do what was expected.
I didn’t want to call myself gay because gay meant: you are broken, you are not right. Oh okay, I am only doing at Saturday, everything will be fine till Monday and so on and so forth, but I never wanted to say that I was gay.
Growing up in a Mexican Catholic household, you didn’t tell your mother you were gay.
So there’s no way they will ever higher me if they know I was gay; most of my life up to that point had been trying to hide the fact that I was gay.
I remember her crying and saying, you know we can get help for this, it’s very biblically wrong and I don’t want to see you go to hell, which I respect.
I recently came out to my family it’s July 1st it happened to be my birthday, she just got really quiet, she looked really angry, and she was just like until you decide that you are straight: I don’t want to hear from you.
For me, to try to convince or that that is not the outcome that I believe happens or will happen for me, I can’t that’s her story and this is mine, sorry.
[Art Acevedo, Chief of Police – Austin Police] Source: LYBIO.net
One of the things that I really, I’ve really always valued as an immigrant myself and if somebody that remember is not speaking a word of English, and some of the discomfort of being that one person that maybe a little different because of the inability to communicate as a young child. I’ve always valued diversity, whether it’s black or white, straight or gay, man or women, young or old it doesn’t matter, no matter who you are, we’ve created a safe environment for our employees and our number one goal is to create a safe environment for you. Our doors are opened, they are welcoming, and we will be here to embrace you no matter who you are, where you come from, or what’s your background is. My name is Art Acevedo I am the Chief of Police here in Austin, Texas, and believe me it does get better.
I heard my own voice in my head say, I am a lesbian. And then I said it lot loud I am a lesbian, but I had such a rush of emotion when I finally said that aloud I couldn’t even stand.
I was tired of lying, I didn’t like it, so it was time to change that and just be honest about who I was.
And this is who I am, and you know I can’t change
You know what, you don’t get to tell me, who I am or what I got to do?
You are not an abomination. You are what god created.
If you check out, you’ll miss it all.
And we don’t get to experience what it is that you’ve brought here that nobody else can.
Think of the things that’s are left in your life that can be done, you know having that first love, having that second love cause yeah that’s probably going to happen at least.
Not everybody has to like you, you just can’t takeaway, your right and your ability to be who you are.
So keep at it, it gets better.
Show him what you’re made of; show them that in this day and age; you don’t have to be afraid of who you are.
Look at the big picture just keep persevering; and you’ve got to stay strong.
The bullies have to be accountable for their bad behavior.
We’re there to protect you. We are there to help you.
You are in the special club, and you’ve got this exclusive membership and they can’t take that away from you.
Oh! Yes, it got better. I know it doesn’t feel like it’s sometimes, but it got so much better.
[Foreign Language] Source: LYBIO.net
It did get better for me.
I am one of the faces of Texas and I am a lesbian.
I am a native Texan and I am very proud of that.
Right here, this is one of the faces of Texas, me, I represent Texas and it’s going to get better because Texas says it’s going to get better.
It’s fabulous, what better word there is than fabulous.
Austin Police Department & LGPOA – Austin – It Gets Better. My name is Art Acevedo I am the Chief of Police here in Austin, Texas, and believe me it does get better. Complete Full Transcript, Dialogue, Remarks, Saying, Quotes, Words And Text.