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Proving Themselves: The Status of LGBQ Police Officers

Proving Themselves: The Status of LGBQ Police Officers The policing occupation, a bastion of hegemonic masculinity, is well known for its historical resistance to “difference,” whether among its own members or in society at large. Nowhere does this clash manifest as strongly as when LGBQ police officers join the force. LGBQ individuals have made great strides in breaking down some beliefs of the traditional and rigid police occupational culture. Still, more progress remains to be made toward dismantling the barriers of heterosexism and sexism that often permeate policing. This article explores the history of these barriers, the progress made, and the structural and individual level obstacles that remain. Policy recommendations and suggestions for future research are also made. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociology Compass Wiley

Proving Themselves: The Status of LGBQ Police Officers

Sociology Compass , Volume 8 (4) – Apr 1, 2014

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Wiley
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© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN
1751-9020
eISSN
1751-9020
DOI
10.1111/soc4.12149
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Abstract

The policing occupation, a bastion of hegemonic masculinity, is well known for its historical resistance to “difference,” whether among its own members or in society at large. Nowhere does this clash manifest as strongly as when LGBQ police officers join the force. LGBQ individuals have made great strides in breaking down some beliefs of the traditional and rigid police occupational culture. Still, more progress remains to be made toward dismantling the barriers of heterosexism and sexism that often permeate policing. This article explores the history of these barriers, the progress made, and the structural and individual level obstacles that remain. Policy recommendations and suggestions for future research are also made.

Journal

Sociology CompassWiley

Published: Apr 1, 2014

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