DENVER (CBS4)– A time of pride for the gay community is now skipping some of its members. Bill Hummel is a sergeant in the Aurora Police Department. He’s not happy that the police are being told not to attend this year’s celebration in Denver.
“As an openly gay police officer in Aurora, I was a little surprised to hear that we weren’t welcome to the pride event,” he said.
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Aurora now has an openly gay Police Chief Vanessa Wilson and has been featured in previous parades.
The annual event is organized by the Center on Colfax. She criticized the police handling of protests against Black Lives Matter and the treatment of other minority groups.
Rex Fuller, executive director of The Center, told CBS4, “I really think this discussion is about the agencies and where there may be shortcomings in policing in our community.”
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Hummel wrote a letter to the organizers: “Instead of fighting for inclusivity, exclude a group of gays, lesbians and transgender people from participation.”
Fuller added, “There is no denying that this is a difficult position and that some people consider it divisive.”
Hummel agreed: “Because we have so many gay, lesbian transgender cops in Aurora, you would not be welcome to learn from members of the gay community that you are at an event that is essentially about being inducted into a Gay event based are not welcome a little bit. “
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This year’s festival takes place on June 26th and 27th and features a virtual parade and race, as well as in-person events at venues known as “hubs”.