A lesbian minister joined the volunteer police department chaplain group and six other chaplains quit in protest. It shows what happens when a gay person enters the intersection of two decidedly worlds filled with anti-gay people:
"It's very difficult," said the chaplain, who spoke to the Observer on the condition of anonymity. "All the chaplains have really developed relationships with the police officers on the beat. Relationships that have been built over the years have stopped."
In a letter to all the chaplains, CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe expressed disappointment that some members decided to leave the program.
"I respect the decisions and convictions of those who have decided to resign, as I would never ask anyone to compromise their beliefs," he said.
"But I do hope that those of us who remain ... continue to embrace our goal of being an inclusive organization that respects the differences of all of our employees."
If six chaplains were so homophobic that they couldn't even work in the same program as someone who was gay, who know what they were telling homophobic, gay, or straight-not-narrow police officers. It's better for the city of Charlotte if they're gone.