One of the first gay policemen in UK is dead

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Julie Barnes-Frank was an officer with Greater Manchester police for over 30 years. The LGBT Foundation broke the news, saying the long-standing officer “was an inspiration to many of us”. The official cause of her death is cancer. Smyth Harper, LGBT Foundation chair, said: “Over the course of her career, Julie was an instrument for change in GMP. GMP was transformed from being a service notorious for its prejudice against LGBT to one that is now perhaps one of the most open and accepting police services in world. It was a source of quiet pride for Julie that each year, men and women from GMP and from police services across Britain would participate in the Manchester Pride parade. It was, and is, the biggest police contingent in any Pride parade, not just in the UK, but across the world. That’s just a small illustration of the change that Julie didn’t just witness, but was instrumental in bringing about. The world is a little darker today. Our community has lost one of our most important activists, although she would have been mortified to be described as such. But as we mourn, we can also celebrate because Julie left a legacy. Julie made a difference.”

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