Gay deputy urges support for Dupree
I am an openly gay deputy constable that works for Constable Mike Dupree. I have been sitting here drinking a cup of coffee thinking about how the community has not expressed its support for the constable during these trying times.
When I first applied to work for Constable Dupree, I had no idea he was an openly-gay elected official.
I had worked in a small town where being gay was not an option for the regular citizen, and unspoken for a police officer.
I picked Precinct 5 out of all the others to apply for because I knew that precinct covered the Oak Lawn-Cedar Springs area, and I was hoping I might have a chance to work in that area.
I interviewed with both of the constable’s chief deputies, and they hired me. I thought that a large, progressive department located in Dallas County would be a great place for me to come out of the closet and stop living in fear.
I quickly found out when I started training that this would not be the case.
I found that people were nice to your face but then would they talk bad about you when you were not around. I found this to be the case especially when employees would talk about the constable.
Some people at his office do not care to work for a “fag,” and have said so with their own mouths. Yet they are too chicken to stand up and find another job, so instead they backstab the constable to make him look bad.
No one is perfect I know that, and you know that.
But people deserve to be treated like human beings. I, myself, have been called a fag by a supervisor at the office. I was still a new hire then and I just blew it off.
But that incident showed me that hate still does exist, even in a department with 40 or so deputies in a county that has two million people living in it.
The GLBT community in Dallas County should stand up and support Constable Mike Dupree for having the courage to go out and stand up for us.
If it were not for him, I would not be able to be out myself. The constable has hired several well-qualified gay deputies, some that are out and some that are not. They would not have had a chance in the law enforcement community otherwise because of their homosexuality, and I feel that there is something to be said for Constable Dupree giving them the chance.
I can tell you from personal experience that the alternative to Constable Dupree is not one the GLBT community would like or want. If those who are trying to unseat and replace Constable Dupree succeed, our community will be openly discriminated against, and all the support you get now from the constable’s office would be gone.
Let us band together and back Constable Mike Dupree, not only for him but also for the men and women that serve this community, and the GLBT community itself.
The gay community in Dallas loves to eat its own.
But it is time to show Dallas what it really means to be a community, and show our love and support to the ones who are fighting our battles, who are standing up for equality and the ones who are paving they way for our pursuit of happiness
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 2, 2007