Queensland Police Service makes historic apology to LGBTIQ+ community

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The Queensland Police Service has committed to issuing a formal apology to the LGBTIQ+ community for historically enforcing discriminatory laws in the state.

It comes after police were told not to wear their uniforms again if they take part in this weekend’s Brisbane Pride Festival March and Rally on Saturday.

Second year of ban

A ban on marching in uniform was introduced in 2021, the first time since former Police Commissioner Ian Stewart allowed uniformed officers and staff to take part in the event in 2015.

Police were asked not to march in uniform by the committee of Brisbane Pride Incorporated last August, a joint statement between the organization and the QPS released earlier this week said.

“At the time, the decision was not made lightly and followed a process of having conversations and spending time listening to the real and current concerns of many members of our local community,” the statement said.

“The decision to communicate this decision to QPS was made as a way to start a conversation that would ultimately bring the whole community together to discuss meaningful and sustainable change and find ways to actively work together towards that change.

Uniformed police march in Brisbane's 25th annual Pride Festival parade
Police marched in the parade for the first time after Commissioner Ian Stewart lifted a ban.(ABC News: Andree Withey)

The organizations said they had continued their talks over the past 12 months.

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