RCMP members in Penticton celebrate their pride – Penticton News

Penticton RCMP are celebrating Pride Month with the rest of the community, with 2SLGBTQ+ members of the force sharing their stories.

Cst. Dayne Lyons, media relations officer, is new in town after working for four years on Vancouver Island.

For him, Pride month means the ability for everyone to be their true and authentic selves, without having to hide any aspect of their personality to fit in.

“In my personal life, I’ve been bullied first-hand because of who I am. By enduring – and persevering – [through] this experience, I am able to bring a new level of compassion and empathy into my professional life and to the people I serve every day,” Lyons said.

“You can’t always choose the family or the life you were born into, but you can certainly create one that you feel happiest in. Focus on yourself and work to surround yourself with people who love you. love and support you.”

He added that he hopes any kid growing up with an interest in law enforcement knows there is a place for them.

“If even a young boy or girl thinks that he can never be a police officer because he is gay, lesbian or transgender; I hope that seeing articles like this with homosexual police officers, he will know that he can be and do whatever they have in mind!”

Cpl. Penticton RCMP Shift Supervisor Heather Bradshaw and her partner Cst. Barrette agrees.

Bradshaw says she’s been proud to be a gay member of the RCMP for 16 years and that her experience helps her be better at her job.

“Having first-hand experience dealing with challenges due to my sexual orientation, I can be trusted better to know how to handle some of these situations and I can offer my experiences and advice to others who may encounter challenges. similar challenges,” Bradshaw said.

“That’s not to say there haven’t been challenges along the way, but over time the understanding and acceptance has grown tremendously. I’m a proud constable and a proud gay woman.”

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