The Gay Police Association (GPA) Scotland is to rebrand and relaunch this week in a bid to demonstrate its commitment to equality and inclusion across the country for members.
Scotland’s GPA has been established for almost 27 years as an independent staff association for both serving police officers but also LGBT police staff. The Association has evolved from the early days of widely documented institutional discrimination, demonstrated in the Stephen Lawrence case, where serving police officers and staff were rarely open about their sexuality in the force.
Today the service in Scotland has transformed and there are many openly LGB serving officers and staff. The GPA, or Scottish LGBTI Police Association, as it will now be known, stands as a voice for LGBTI police at every level within the force and also provides an opportunity to engage directly with a community which has had its own tensions with the police over many years.
As part of LGBT History Month Scotland, the Association will be looking back at its achievements over the past 3 decades and launching its new mission and values at a special reception in Glasgow on Friday 16th February. Tickets are free to attend via Eventbrite here:
Pic credit: Scottish LGBTI Police Association