We are pleased to announce that effective April 1, 2014, Coming Out From Behind The Badge is now an educational initiative of Out To Protect Incorporated and COFBTB Publications is dissolved. With this merger, we are focusing less on direct book sales and more on combating homophobia in law enforcement and creating an awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people working in the profession.
The mission of Coming Out From Behind The Badge as an educational initiative is to inspire and support gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members of law enforcement who are closeted or in the process of coming out. Our goal is to eliminate homophobia within the law enforcement profession through education and awareness.
Of course, the cornerstones of this educational initiative will continue to be the books, “Coming Out From Behind The Badge” and “American Heroes Coming Out From Behind The Badge.” While we will no longer be selling copies of these books directly from our websites, They can be ordered through our site directly from the publisher as well as from a variety of online book sellers, such as Amazon.com. We will also continue to recommend other books and media that have messaging consistent with our mission. We will continue sharing LGBT related news on our Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as to participate in LGBT law enforcement organizations and conferences.
Moving forward, we will expand our outreach and education by providing role models, speakers and programming for law enforcement that promote an understanding of LGBT issues in law enforcement. The proceeds from all of this work as well as the continuing sales and royalties earned from our books will go to funding our scholarship program and the minimal amount of overhead all of this work requires. As we grow, we hope to expand our scholarship offerings and create grants to fund training for law enforcement that is consistent with our mission. Be sure to “friend” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay informed about these new opportunities.
“Now that my books have become established and are widely available, it’s time to focus all of our attention to eradicating homophobia from within law enforcement. The members of the Board of Directors of Out To Protect will guide this work with great skill and I’m excited to see the educational aspects of Out To Protect’s mission be realized by this merger.” – Greg Miraglia
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