By Neal Broverman
Originally published on Advocate.com December 17 2012 7:06 PM ET
It was in September 2009 that the Atlanta Police Department had a public relations nightmare on its hands with a controversial raid on a gay bar, but three years later, members of the APD are sharing coming out stories to assist LGBT youth.
Twenty-three gay and lesbian members of the force contributed clips for an It Gets Better video, including Deputy Chief Renee Propes, the highest-ranking openly gay person in the APD. The video begins with a message from Police Chief George Turner, who calls himself an LGBT ally.
"All teenagers go through an awkward phase, but it can be especially daunting if you are someone who is unsure of your sexuality and where your life may be headed," Turner says. "As a police force we will stand up for you. No one deserves to be bullied for any reason."
Watch the video below and read more here. Last week Atlanta's mayor, Kasim Reed, came out for marriage equality.