A transgender police officer will raise the rainbow pride flag outside Queensland police headquarters Tuesday to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).
Constable Mairead Devlin's participation in the flag-raising ceremony would be a public display of the service’s strong support for inclusion and diversity within the Queensland community, according to Acting Deputy Commissioner Mike Condon.
“We are extremely proud to support IDAHOT and fly the rainbow flag outside our Roma Street Police headquarters,” Condon said.
“As an organisation and as a state, we have come a long way over the past few decades. It is important to ensure people have both the confidence to be themselves and the confidence that their police will look out for them."
Last year, police officers marched in their uniforms in the Brisbane Pride Festival parade for the first time. An LGBTQI support network was also established by service.
“We are strongly committed to ensuring that, as a service, we reflect the diversity of the people we protect," Condon said.
In South Australia, the state government used IDAHOT to launch an online training tool to promote inclusion in the public sector.
SA Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion, Zoe Bettison, said the tool aims to educate state government employees about the importance of LGBTQI inclusive workplaces and service delivery. It's believed to be the first of its kind developed by an Australian government, and will be made available across the public service.