The Queensland Police Service has flown a rainbow flag outside Brisbane’s police headquarters on Roma Street for the first time.
Transgender police officer Constable Mairead Devlin (pictured) raised the flag on Tuesday morning, to recognise the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).
Constable Devlin joined the police in 2013 and transitioned from female to male while employed in the force.
He said raising the flag was a milestone for the police force and he was humbled and proud to been given the opportunity.
“This is the sum total of a lot of hard work within the organisation over the last few years,” he said.
“It’s really great to publicly display our support for the LGBTI community.”
The Caboolture-based officer said he had found Queensland Police management and staff to be very supportive of him throughout his transition.
“For me, transitioning in the QPS, there’s been a staggering amount of allies and identifying people that I’ve encountered and I think maybe the general public aren’t aware of that sometimes,” he said.
“I think there’s always work to be done. Any negative attitudes that I’ve encountered within the force have been down to a lack of education and that’s easily solved through communication in the workplace.”
Acting Deputy Commissioner Mike Condon (pictured below, left) said the Queensland Police Service was extremely proud to mark IDAHOT with the raising of the flag.
“As an organisation and as a state, we’ve come a long way over the past few decades,” he said.
“It’s important to ensure people have both the confidence to be themselves and the confidence that their police will look out for them.
“We are strongly committed to ensuring that, as a Service, we reflect the diversity of the people we protect.”