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San Jose Gay Cop: No Big Deal

San Jose Gay Cop: No Big Deal


San Jose police Sgt. Jim Unland became the 1,200-officer department's first openly gay cop when he came out last month in an opinion piece published in the Mercury News, but Unland and other officers on the force say the announcement was no big deal.

"It goes to the culture of San Jose," Unland told Mercury News. "It's not just the department. It is an accepting city but not an 'in your face' city."

Unland was re-elected vice president of the officers union in November. He says he and other officers thought there would be a big storm, but the biggest question being asked by officers is, why aren't there more?

"I am shocked that you have one openly gay man; that's absurd," Lt. Lea Militello, a lesbian who's president of the San Francisco Police Department's Pride Alliance for LGBT officers, told Mercury News. "You have an issue."

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