Atlanta's City Talk profiles Atlanta Police LGBT liaisons, discuss "It Gets Better" video
City Talk, a public access TV show focusing on Atlanta's government, aired a segment recently about the LGBT officers in the Atlanta Police Department.
Officer Brian Sharp, the first male LGBT liaison for the APD, discusses the department's role to build bridges between the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and the APD.
Sharp also points out that the APD has made an "It Gets Better Video" and a community screening is planned for December. Sharp states in his interview the video would also be shared on APD's Facebook page and Twitter account. The video will be made public either Thursday or Friday, according to an APD spokesperson.
Sharp explains in the interview the APD was inspired to make the video after talking to gay officers with the San Francisco Police Department who also created an "It Gets Better Video." Officer Kristin Knight, the other LGBT liaison for the APD, said in May after she was hired for the position she had an interest in making an "It Gets Better" video. In July, a request for officer participation in the video was made.
The target audience is youth, Sharp said in the interview with City Talk.
Getting Brian Sharp out of his police uniform on his downtime. No not that way, you dirty mess. One of Atlanta Police Department’s gay liaison officers turns some off-duty time into a serenade of hope almost as inspiring as his on-duty work.
Sharp, who is taking some serious steps to becoming one of gay Atlanta’s most prolific tweeters, recently donned an “Everyone. Equal” shirt, cranked up the home video, and put some pop on that same beautiful voice you heard when he sang the national anthem at AIDS Walk. He’s hoping people like his YouTube cover of Justin Beiber’s “Be Alright” (video above) as much as he enjoyed making it.
“I just really like the song,” Sharp tells Project Q Atlanta. “I kind of equate it to my message for everybody. We go through some tough times and everybody needs a little encouragement.”
It might even go double for LGBT people who watch the video, he says.
“That message is universal, but it’s particularly important to LGBT folks,” Sharp continues.