#HumansofWMP | Sally Bourner, Chief Superintendent
Ahead of Birmingham Pride, Dudley NPU Commander Sally tells her story:
“Being gay is not something that defines me. Rather it is a part of who I am and I am very happy and proud to love and be loved by a woman.
“I started to realise I was gay in my teens, in the 80s. Throughout uni I ignored my feelings and thought they would go away. But in my early twenties I realised that life is a precious thing, I've got to be true to myself.
“I then met my partner Jules and we’ve been together for 27 years now. She keeps me grounded, she is the foundation for everything. After I met her I felt more confident being me, so I started to come out. Our family and friends have always been amazing and very supportive of us.
“In 1994 I started to come out at work. I had an amazing inspector, who was really kind and really supportive. People at work have always accepted me for who I am. It was hard though, in those early years - it is almost like whenever you met new people you had to come out again.
“I sit here now feeling incredibly proud - I am very blessed to be able to live an authentic life, with a wonderful family and incredible friends.
“Everybody has a different journey and I think it’s impossible to give advice. I would say talk to trusted people and don’t bottle things up. Whilst society has made progress in recent decades there is still more progress to be made particularly in how we support LGBTQ young people.
“It's all about living life to the full, being yourself and trying to make the world a better place. I think the ‘Love Out Loud’ theme of this year’s Birmingham Pride sums up what is going to be a really special weekend when we celebrate being ourselves with pride.”
#HumansofWMP | Sally Bourner