Tasmania Police join TasPride parade for first time in support of gay and lesbian community

Members of Tasmania Police have marched with the state's gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex and transgender community for the first time in the TasPride Parade.

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Commissioner Darren Hine said the participation of uniformed officers demonstrated a modern police force with a commitment to human rights.

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The march took participants through the streets of Hobart to the lawns outside Parliament House.

Commissioner Hine said the inclusion of police officers marked a significant change in attitudes compared with 27 years ago when 130 activists and supporters were arrested at Salamanca Market when the Hobart City Council tried to close down a stall calling for gay law reform.

“We’ve got to learn from what happened in the past and we’ve got to make sure we’ve got strong relationships with the LGBTI community,” he said.

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