Fort Worth police detective Chris Gorrie identifies himself as gay on a YouTube video to let others know that a gay man can work at the Fort Worth police force and be supported by his peers, or at least not have to endure confrontation from them.
The seeds for the video were planted five years ago.
The infamous Rainbow Lounge Raid of 2009, when Fort Worth police raided a gay bar and ended up roughing up customers, gave the city a black eye in the LGBT community.
But Chief Jeffrey Halstead has made it a priority to reverse that image, including in recruitment and sensitivity training.
The video was posted w week ago. So far it has received 14 comments, all supportive, including some from men who like what they see in Detective Gorrie: “Internet consensus: you’re cute,” wrote one male admirer.