You're quite right Bluepride. The design on the early award is beautiful. To receive one of these highly coveted awards is truly an honor and a privilege. Only those of us, in the LGBT community, who work in law enforcement, can really appreciate what it means to hold this award in in our hands. To keep the historic significance of this award in tact, the people who receive it should always be selected carefully. The look of the award has changed down through the years, but it's powerful meaning always stays the same to me.
Post by bluepride on Sept 16, 2013 11:12:39 GMT -5
I'm really hoping that this happens. Even though I have major problems with some of those running what was once a great organization, this is something I would show up for. Charlie was a great guy, mentor, friend and teacher to me. I'm sure I've posted this before but I was a nervous wreck when I showed up for my first GOAL meeting in January 1983. Charlie made me feel comfortable as did some of the other members. By the end of the night, I felt like I was with old friends. My first few meetings were still a bit nerve wracking for me but I got through them. By about July I was fully at ease and Charlie had even made me Assistant Treasurer. It wasn't long after that, that he would remind me (time and time again!) that I was, in fact, comfortable at the meetings. He'd always tell me, "I knew you were comfortable at the meetings when you'd fall asleep in the middle of them"!
In an age where in New York City, avowed criminals are getting streets named after them, it's good that someone who actually deserves it may be getting an honor like this. Let's hope it happens. Of course, we'll keep you posted.
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I was a mere 21yrs, still in college, still thinking one day, I'd meet the girl of my dreams but sneaking to the gay clubs after hours in 1981. How Sgt. Cochrane knew that his actions would influence someone half a country away, twenty years later. I hope the powers that be in NYC make this a reality. I hope one day, I'll be able to walk down the street, look up, and see his name on the street sign.
Better late than never! The street re-naming for Sgt. Charles Cochrane took place on June 17th! It was great to see old friends and members from the old GOAL who actually knew and were friends with him! The newer members who've only heard about him were there in good numbers as well. THE NYPD did a fine job in coordinating the ceremonies and it was a nice day of respect, tribute and memories. Well deserved and overdue, it was a great and lasting tribute to one of the finest Police Officers and human beings that I've ever had the honor of knowing and calling my friend. I'm unable to properly upload my video of the event but I took a few nice photos.
Thanks, Charlie, for all you've done for all of us!
Today marks the 35th Anniversary of the founding of the Gay Officers Action League by Sergeant Charles Cochrane. As he used to say, "I had a dream". He changed so many lives of law enforcement professionals by what he did. Things are so much better now that newcomers have no idea what we dealt with before GOAL came along and changed things. I'll always be indebted to Charlie for being a mentor and most of all, a good friend. Thank you Charlie.
** This is a photo of the very first Charles Cochrane Award from approximately 1984 or 1985 (or thereabouts!). I have to go back and check my notes from way back when. It was awarded to the late Dick Walters, a wonderful man and friend. Thank you Charlie, for everything.