The Journey: Gay Officers Action League (Trailer)

The Journey: Gay Officers Action League (Trailer)

It wasn’t easy being a cop in New York in the 1980s; being a gay cop was almost inconceivable.

Discrimination was rampant in the NYPD, and gay police officers lived and died in the closet. But in 1982, Sergeant Charlie Cochrane decided he had enough, becoming the first openly gay NYPD officer. He formed the Gay Officer’s Action League (GOAL), which laid the groundwork for the struggle for LGBT rights within the NYPD and the law enforcement community as a whole. The Journey features interviews and archival material from some of the founding members, and traces its path from its orgins to the present day.

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