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All gay cops in Filipino LGBT party closeted

Ang Ladlad's 22 cops are all closeted at work, reflecting how insufficient it is for the Philippine National Police just to 'say' it is open to recruiting gays
Bemz Benedito says all her party's cops are closeted

The Philippines' only gay party revealed that at least 22 individuals in the police force are gay, but all have kept mum about their sexuality, afraid of discrimination.

The revealation by Ang Ladlad yesterday (25 May) comes shortly after the Philippine National Police (PNP) expressed its willingness to accept gay cops just a week ago.

Ladlad chairperson Bemz Benedito told the media that 14 gay men and 8 lesbians from the party are cops - the highest-ranking one is a senior inspector - but all without exception are closeted at work for fear of facing discrimination or dampening their prospects, reported the Central News Agency.

Benedito believes there should be much more gay police officers too frightened to be open about their sexuality.

The 140,000-strong PNP then reiterated its non-discriminatory stance for people with different sexual orientation and noted its repeated attempts to call on gays to help fight crime.

But the acceptance comes with conditions, as the PNP reminded its ranks once again that they cannot swing their hips at work or go on duty in drag.

All police officers from Ladlad take their duties seriously and their sexuality is not at odds with their work, said Benedito.

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