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Portland Police Bureau Makes 'It Gets Better' Video: WATCH


The Portland, Oregon Police Bureau posted an 'It Gets Better' video on Friday:

"Several months ago, a member of the Portland Police Bureau's Sexual Minorities Roundtable shared an It Gets Better video done by the San Francisco Police Department," Sgt. Pete Simpson said. "The Portland Police Bureau Communications Unit decided to create one for Portland and the response from the LGBTQ officers was overwhelming."


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  1. Well done for finding the most white, heteronormative male possible for your screencap. You are truly doing a service to gender and sexual minorities everywhere /s

    Posted by: BromoTO | Jun 18, 2012 9:41:36 PM

  2. It's just a screencap bro.

    Saying the screen cap is a disservice only applies to people that don't even bother to watch the video, which is FULL of gender and sexual minorities. Some of us are just superficial that way.

    Maybe be a little more supportive of the general message?

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 18, 2012 10:13:14 PM

  3. Bromoto- are you kidding? screencap guy totally sets off my 'dar. =)

    Posted by: jexer | Jun 18, 2012 10:18:59 PM

  4. This is so Portlandia. Including the comments.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jun 18, 2012 10:34:41 PM

  5. Lol at Gregoire

    Posted by: the milkman | Jun 18, 2012 10:42:15 PM

  6. I'm so truly tired of EVERYTHING being about race by some demographics. CONSTANTLY crying in every post how they are not being "represented" ...STFU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! seriously...SHUT THE EFF UP!!!!!!!

    Posted by: IonMusic | Jun 18, 2012 10:45:33 PM

  7. I think it's rather (reverse) racist AND homophobic to see a perfectly positive post about conquering homophobia and turn it into victimization toward racial minorities. I see that happening often in posts on here and feel it's a calculating tactic to make yourself a victim. Get over it. It's tired and played out not to mention the premise of this thread and story isn't about how hard your race has it, it IS and will be about how hard gay youth (of all races) have it. And that's the narrative here. Homophobia. No calculating attempt to spin it into an irrelevant post about racism will change that.

    Posted by: USC Trojan Fan | Jun 18, 2012 10:48:15 PM

  8. @ USC Trojan Fan,

    If they couldn't cry about race, or find (rather create) racism in cases where it doesn't exist, what would they be left to do? What we need to tackle is the big elephant in the room. How some races have convinced themselves how they are a victim and always being victimized to the point they've grown both comfortable and enjoyable to the idea. They thrive off it. The first ridiculous comment on here is case in point.

    Posted by: James | Jun 18, 2012 10:50:06 PM

  9. Seriously. I too am SO tired of every single thread on here being hijacked with people who are hyper sensitive about race, race bait, want to make themselves as some racial martyr, and are clearly irrational about their fear of people being out to get them regarding their race. EVERY single post, unless it features a black person, we can depend on people coming here and asking "why are my people not being represented in this post?" how self revolved, and in fact, RACIST can you be that *all* you notice and observe in every detail of your life is race, race, race and the different races of others. YOU are the one who needs to get over your racism.

    Posted by: Steve-ATL | Jun 18, 2012 10:53:43 PM

  10. I'm middle eastern, and hardly see middle eastern men in media outlets. My boyfriend is Asian, we don't see much asian men represented everywhere, yet that's just it. We don't seek "representation" everywhere to validate us. Black people ARE represented, and given the statistic of the general black population, you def see a healthy amount of black individuals in media. Not so much for other groups of folk, and yet you don't hear those peeps complaining.

    Seriously, check out the The New Yorker post on here. First comment is how they wish the two brides were black because black is beautiful. If you really thought so, you wouldn't need to reinforce it to everyone else.

    Posted by: MJ | Jun 18, 2012 10:57:14 PM

  11. The Bromoto,

    If THAT is your automatic reaction to this beautiful piece (seeing a white man stand up for respect and equal fairness for all) and instead saw subtle racism, you my friend are the racist and should really work out your issues. And soon.

    Posted by: Dynex | Jun 18, 2012 10:59:11 PM

  12. It Gets Better with Ron Howard cop!

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jun 18, 2012 11:26:59 PM

  13. I saw Officer Yakots and I was all like ' DAHUM! Look @ dat body!!'

    Posted by: Cecilfirefox | Jun 18, 2012 11:28:36 PM

  14. Not everything is about race and how bad your race has it -like not being the first featured in an awareness you tube video...Oh! the horros!. Put the race card away for a second. Just one second. Tough...I know. So used to having it in that back pocket ready to bust out.

    Posted by: Triggerz68 | Jun 18, 2012 11:36:18 PM

  15. Being from Portland, this feels great to see and hear this from our city police officers. But from personal experience in dealing with them, still will not trust them as a department as a whole.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 18, 2012 11:50:39 PM

  16. First, people seem to assume that Bromoto is non-white. That's an awfully big assumption.

    Second, it's troubling that bringing up race is seen as negative, creating prejudice, being hypersensitive, etc. I don't know very many women who see discussing gender as negative; ethnic minorities who see discussing race as negative, etc. It seems increasingly common that people who aren't dealing with a particular form of prejudice are so frustrated when those that are raise their voices. Perhaps if more of you dealt with these issues on a regular basis you might be a little less quick to dismiss what Bromoto may have thought or felt.

    Third, is there some reason why the heteronormative portion of the comment seems to have been missed? When I read the entire post, it seems to me that Bromoto's comment was less about race and more about LGBT's being represented by a singular image. I mean the post EXPRESSLY talks about "gender and sexual minorities." I wonder if this means that the racism, perception, problem (or whatever you want to call it) isn't in Bromoto's head, but instead in the head of the folks that want to interpret the post as being primarily about race.

    Lastly, images do matter. How many lives changed when people say Lance Loud? How many lives changed when people saw Pedro Zamora? Isn't the entire It Gets Better Project based upon this idea? So couldn't Bromoto have been saying that if you're an effeminate guy, does seeing a guy who looks "straight" help? I think that point cuts both ways because there are tons of non-effeminate gays who need to know that being gay doesn't mean being effeminate.

    Posted by: BMF | Jun 18, 2012 11:57:44 PM

  17. With the exception of the two officers who seemed to advise leading a 'private life'...I really enjoyed this.

    Posted by: GeoffM | Jun 19, 2012 12:18:44 AM

  18. Man, it's so annoying the way these comment strings become inane conversations to--and about--one another, rather than being about the story or video...

    I thought this presentation by the Portland police was fantastic, not only because the speakers all seemed thoughtful and genuine, but because collectively they represent something powerful about the acceptance and equality we're achieving as LGBT citizens. I'm sure many, maybe even most, of them have faced some struggles within their own bureau, but a video like this could not have been made and released without a solid foundation of support, one that must reach to the top of the organization. Almost makes me want to be a Portland cop!

    And I think young people will listen to these voices, which is the whole point of the IGB video series. Bravo, PPB. Well done.

    Posted by: GARRYO | Jun 19, 2012 12:35:45 AM

  19. Like I said, IT'S A DAMN SCREENSHOT, lol. Sorry the guy is too "heteronormative" (which really is silly, like Andy went out of his way to pick this guy because he was heteronormative- he obviously picked him because he's hot and draws attention- hello) and I don't think he was chosen to represent every single one of the LGBT community, for gosh sakes.

    I agree with most of the approve comments- we are getting all up in arms about how "unrepresented" we think we are. I couldn't believe the comment about the brides on the cover of the New Yorker, give me a friggen break.

    Maybe we should just go back to drawing stick figures in caves so no one gets upset.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 19, 2012 12:48:15 AM

  20. What an awesome video! Everyone's interview was so candid and heartfelt. This is the kind of video that kids need to see ALL THE TIME.

    Posted by: ESA | Jun 19, 2012 12:56:41 AM

  21. Ahem, that "hot guy" in the screen shot is what made me watch the video. Smart move on Andy's part.

    Posted by: MattS | Jun 19, 2012 2:17:57 AM

  22. Are you all blind? The guy in the screenshot is appearing at 08.05. By the way nice message.

    Posted by: luke | Jun 19, 2012 6:12:47 AM

  23. Hot gingers are a minority. What's the problem here?

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Jun 19, 2012 8:16:13 AM

  24. Maybe there are no black or Asian gay police officers in the Portland PD, and that's why you see none in this video.

    Even if we did draw stick figures, someone would still have a fit about it.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 19, 2012 8:22:44 AM

  25. As a Portland resident, I just wish the Police Department would get better.

    Posted by: Commeca | Jun 19, 2012 12:33:20 PM

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