Organizers Reverse Ban on Uniformed Officers Marching in CA Pride Parade

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center had previously asked city officers not to participate in uniform in the upcoming gay pride parade.

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Under a new agreement, uniformed police officers will now be allowed to participate in Sacramento, CA, Pride events this weekend, and a new set of police department policies will be enacted to build trust with the LGBTQ community, reports the Sacramento Bee.

The move, announced in a Thursday news release by the Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento LGBT Community Center, reversed a decision the center announced last week that uniformed officers would not be allowed to participate in order to protect LGBTQ people, especially transgender people and LGBTQ people of color who "experience fear and anxiety provoked by the uniform."

"As part of the partnership, all police officers, many of whom are LGBTQ themselves, will be welcome in uniform at SacPride and those who have been or feel disenfranchised by law enforcement will now have a platform upon which to seek improvements," the release said.

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