The Austin Police Department in conjunction with Lesbian & Gay Peace Officer's Association (LGPOA) has released a video to support the It Gets Better Project.
The Lesbian & Gay Peace Officers Association - Austin released a video featuring LGBT officers and civilian members of the Austin Police Department to send a message to LGBTQ youth: "Before we put on our uniform, before we go to work protecting the citizens of Austin, we are a part of Texas, and we are gay" and that it does get better.
The video release during Austin's Pride weekend is part of the It Gets Better Project and The Trevor Project to reach out to LGBTQ youth who may be struggling due to bullying, harassment, and non-acceptance, and who may be thinking of committing suicide.
Members of the Austin Police Department and LGPOA-Austin at Austin PRIDE 2012 | credit: LGPOA-Austin
The Lesbian & Gay Peace Officer's Association - Austin (LGPOA - Austin) is a Texas non-profit organization which supports LGBT sworn, civilian, and retired members of the Austin Police Department by providing a voice for equality and breaking negative stereotypes through education. They strive to serve as role models for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth and to build relationships between the police department and the Austin LGBT community through outreach and education. You can find out more about the LGPOA-Austin on the web at www.lgpoa-austin.org.
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Producer, OutCast Austin
Chase is the founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com and co-founder and Director, Marketing & Promotions of The OUTlander Project. He is also a producer and engineer for OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin.
Additionally, Chase runs PlanetChase, LLC, a consulting firm providing a variety of business development services including web development, marketing, branding, technology to small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs; as well as meeting planning services for the financial services industry.
On his spare time, Chase has volunteered with local organizations including AIDS Services of Austin, the Octopus Club, the Austin Gay Basketball League and Volleyball Austin. In 2007, he was appointed by then-Austin Mayor Will Wynn to serve on the Austin Area Comprehensive HIV Planning Council where he served as the chairperson of the Community Access & Nominations committee.