New York city to host conference for LGBT law enforcement and criminal justice professionals

This June, the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL) and the John Jay Pride Association will host a Conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender law enforcement and criminal justice professionals. The Conference is from June 24 to June 28, 2009 during Gay Pride Week, at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the NYPD Police Academy.

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The Conference offers courses in policing skills, such as crime scene analysis, gang investigations, and hostage negotiation. The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law at UCLA School of Law and the NYC Anti-Violence Project will present courses on workplace discrimination, legal protections of same-sex couples, and personal safety. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum will present on forward thinking for Ground Zero and the Queens DA’s Office will present on DNA. The Conference leads up to GOAL’s annual awards dinner. The Conference ends with the Heritage of Pride Gay Pride March down Fifth Avenue, marking the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. A reunion of the veterans of Stonewall Riots and the officers who responded that evening is planned for a panel discussion.

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“I’m absolutely thrilled to welcome our fellow LGBT officers and law enforcement professionals to New York in June,” says GOAL President Alice Muniz. “In its commitment to promoting diversity, the NYPD has given its full support for our conference. We have much to celebrate as a community this year,” says Muniz.

Conference registration includes access to all courses, organized evening socials, and access to GOAL’s annual awards dinner. The all-inclusive conference registration fee is $175. To register, visit GOAL’s website at


Founded in 1982, the Gay Officers Action League addresses the needs, issues, and concerns of gay and lesbian law enforcement personnel. GOAL is a recognized fraternal organization in the New York City Police Department, and is part of the NYPD Committee of Police Societies.

Source: GLINN gay news distribution service

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