South Carolina lesbian police chief reinstated after town outcry

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In the small town of Latta in South Carolina, a community has raised its voice in support of the rights of their lesbian police chief. Crystal Moore was fired in April of this year by Mayor Earl Bullard, for reasons which later came to be found as discriminatory and homophobic.

Moore, who was the first woman to fill the post in 2012, had a 20-year long relationship with the community as police woman. A resident was quoted as saying, ‘Crystal’s sexuality has never been talked about – nobody cares. We see her as just Crystal. She’s loved and respected, and she’s very, very good at her job.’

The shock hit however when an interview with the Mayor was uncovered with him stating the following, ‘I would much rather have … and I will say this to anybody’s face … somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children. Because that ain’t the damn way it’s supposed to be.’

However thanks to LGBT+ rights groups and the loyalty of the community, Moore was re-instated as Police Chief on 28 June.