Though it was only announced last Wednesday, and we and many others only heard about it yesterday (or today), tonight’s Montgomery County Police Department LGBTQ Community Meeting was pleasantly surprising, and a first in many ways, including the first in a series -- the next one is scheduled for September 21st, and the contact person is Lt. Nick Augustine at Nicholas.Augustine@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov (a gay officer who spoke first and MCed).
It was already in the works when the Pulse shooting occurred, and it also turns out that even in our highly unusual "model" county, anti-LGBTQ incidents are the most likely.
I was interviewed by Montgomery Community Media (also includes Stephanie Kreps' interview; they published a separate video with Chief Manger's interview), WUSA 9 and WTOP (at the same time, but we haven't found the latter's story yet, though at least one person heard it on the radio), and included in NBC Washington’s report; my partner Julia's question to the chief about the needs of LGBTQ people of color was made good use of as well. The Montgomery Sentinel was there but we haven't found their story yet either.
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