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Comingoutcops Documentary

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Coming Out Cops  is an in-progress documentary film project that introduces its audience to a group of Two-spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (2SLGBTQ+) law enforcement professionals from Ontario, Canada.

The documentary unpacks the multiple, dynamic, and often conflicting “coming out” processes these sworn-professionals navigate in their personal and professional lives.

For many amongst the film’s cast, this includes not only opening up to their families, friends, and communities about their 2SLGBTQ+ identities, but also coming out within the para-military culture of law enforcement that can be characterized both historically (and in many ways, currently) by an environment of hyper-masculinity in which sexuality- and gender- minority individuals may be marginalized or even persecuted when they come out as 2SLGBTQ+ to their colleagues and superiors.

In addition, they have a similar experience when “coming out” as police officers and law enforcement professionals to friends, family, and chosen family in the 2SLGBTQ+ community, as many people within the community harbour feelings of mistrust towards law enforcement as a result of historical and ongoing experiences of over-enforcement and under-protection.

This “triple bind” (personal identity, professional identity, connection to 2SLGBTQ+ community) is the nexus at which the audience and subjects of the film are introduced.

Inspiring change from the inside, out

The documentary is directed and produced by 2SLGBTQ+ Police Officers and Civilians working within Police Services.  

The comingoutcops team donate their own time, resources and talent in the production of this documentary.​

While some support has been received from Serving with Pride , donations to help with travel, production and editing costs are needed and greatly appreciated.

Technical production is provided in-kind by DFF Productions.

The filming of the documentary is in advance stages and editing will commence soon.    

Comingoutcops team greatly appreciates any support and will keep you posted with any updates with production and release dates.


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Patty Retsinas
Thornhill, ON

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