New York Community Board to Vote on Street Name Change After Gay Cop

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Community Board 2 in New York’s historic Greenwich Village is expected to vote on a proposal to rename a street after Sgt. Charles H. Cochrane—a couragous cop that came out of the closet in 1981. The street, which is home to St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, was the meeting place for dozens of gay NYPD officers who came together to create the Gay Officers Action League. Cochrane made headlines in 1981 for coming out at a hearing concerning the city’s gay-rights bill. “I am very proud of being a New York City policeman And I’m equally proud of being gay,’ Sgt. Charles Cochrane said in 1981, stunning the establishment when he testified in support of the city’s gay rights bill.” “It was a moment that changed the country,” says Det. Carl Locke, the current GOAL president. “This meant something. It’s a moment that should be remembered and it should be memorialized.” [NYDN]

 

 

 

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