Min Sook Lee, Gemini award winning and documentary filmmaker of My Toxic Baby, has made Badge of Pride, a documentary about gay cops in Canada. You can watch it next week on CBC News Network. The following are some information and a YouTube Trailer.
Twenty-five years ago, Toronto’s gay pride parade was a protest march, held to speak out against police raids against gay bathhouses. In 2005, the city’s Police Chief, Bill Blair marched alongside the muscle boys, the leather daddies, the drag queens and the dykes on bikes. It was a first for Toronto. We’ve come a long way. Or have we? Badge of Pride is a documentary that looks at the lives of gay cops in Canada; cops who are out, cops who are closeted and cops who are somewhere in between the closet and the cruiser.
Badge of Pride looks at the conflicts and challenges facing LGBT cops in Canada. Coming out as a gay cop has its price. Badge of Pride asks: “Will the force be with you if you’re gay?”