Officers from across the state sat down to record a video in honour of #WearItPurpleDay last week which addressed coming to terms with their identity and sexuality not only in their personal lives but also in the workforce.
"Understanding who you are but not being able to share it was pretty bad and for a few years there I considered that the best option was to actually take my own life," Child Protection Investigation Unit Constable Michelle Harris says in the video. "I just thought that would be the easiest thing to do."
"I love my job and I'm out and proud at work," Fingerprint Bureau Senior Constable Vanessa Mann admits later in the video. "There is no part of my life that needs to be hidden, there is no part of my life that I need to be fearful of."
The QPS video has received hundreds of thousands of views on Facebook with the core message being one of hope for those struggling with gender identity and/or sexuality: It gets better.
Watch the video below.
What do you do in your day-to-day life?I'm what's known as 'fulltime freelance' which is a fancy way to say I don't have a proper job! My current projects are the MELT Queer Arts Festival which I direct at Brisbane Powerhouse, and the Integrity 20 human rights conference/festival which I produce for Griffith University.Read more: