Santa Rosa, California (PressExposure) January 17, 2008 -- A new book, just released, exposes law enforcement's unwritten "don't ask, don't tell" policy in stories told by successful law enforcement officers who happen to be gay or lesbian. Police officers from all over the country share their experiences and advice in hopes of helping the thousands of gay and lesbian law enforcement officers who remain in the closet from fear of losing the career they so love.
From inside the book: "What few of the television programs and movies ever show is what goes on behind the badge in the private lives of these extraordinary people. The stories told in this book are even more unique and have rarely, if ever, been told."
Book author, Greg Miraglia, said, "my intent with this book is to inspire the thousands of closeted gay and lesbian officers to come out and start living their lives as they were made to be, to be free of fear, and to be able to realize the happiness that is possible from having a successful professional and personal life."
All of the stories in this book are real and come from gay law enforcement officers who are "out" and enjoying highly successful careers. Two of the contributing authors have been promoted twice I their departments while being "out." All of the stories tell of personal struggles and how each officer overcame their own fears and the still present homophobia in law enforcement.
This book is the first of its kind to be published in over ten years. Previous anthologies recount horror stories of officers who suffered greatly when they came out on the job. Greg Miraglia said, "The good news today is that attitudes have really changed even within the last five years. I think the most important piece of advice for anyone in law enforcement is that you are first a good person and a good cop. An officer's sexual orientation should not be the judge of how well they can perform the job."
The book provides excellent advice and resources for anyone interested in learning more about this unique group of dedicated law enforcement officers. It's ideal for working law enforcement personnel who are thinking about coming out, for their straight allies, and for anyone thinking about getting into law enforcement who happens to be gay, lesbian, or bi-sexual.
For more information about this release, please call Greg Miraglia at 707-333-8353.