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UK Police Hosts 'Coffee with an LGBTQ* Cop'

photo of UK Officers Andy Eilertson and Holly Williams
Officer Andy Eilertson (left) and Officer Holly Williams (right) are UK Police Department's LGBTQ* liaisons. Photo by Jesica Lopez-Huskey.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 19, 2018) The month of June brings tan lines, tropical prints and an opportunity to slow down the rhythm of our busy lives. It is also a time to celebrate LGBTQ* Pride month which commemorates the historical significance of the 1969 Stonewall riots that served as a catalyst for the LGBTQ* rights movement.

To celebrate Pride Month, the University of Kentucky Police Department is hosting Coffee with an LGBTQ* Cop 2-4 p.m. Thursday, June 21. The event will be held at the atrium outside Barnes and Noble Café at the Bill Gatton Student Center. Coffee with an LGBTQ* Cop is an opportunity for members of the community to have one-on-one conversations with UK Police LGBTQ* liaisons Officer Holly Williams and Officer Andy Eilertson who are openly gay.

Police agencies across the nation have held Coffee with a Cop events to help build community engagement since 2012. This year, however, marks the first time police agencies are making concerted efforts for inclusivity from the inside out through hosting Coffee with an LGBTQ* Cop events.

“Every single person, regardless of their sexual orientation, identity, or expression, deserves a safe and secure environment at the University of Kentucky,” UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said. “We are committed to providing quality police services ethically, fairly and equally in partnership with all members of our community.”

Coffee with an LGBTQ* Cop is open to students, faculty, staff and members of the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information about UK Police’s LGBTQ* liaisons, please visit https://goo.gl/qxX1JS.

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