PORTLAND -- Portland police released an It Gets Better video Friday, featuring LGBTQ members of the bureau.

Several months ago, a member of the Portland Police Bureau's Sexual Minorities Roundtable shared an It Gets Better video done by the San Francisco Police Department, Sgt. Pete Simpson said. The Portland Police Bureau Communications Unit decided to create one for Portland and the response from the LGBTQ officers was overwhelming.

The It Gets Better Project reaches out to LGBTQ youth to let them know their lives and their environments will improve, if they can just get through their teen years.

The video debuted Friday to celebrate Pride Week 2012.

I'm extremely proud of the men and women of the Portland Police Bureau who participated in this film, Chief Michael Reese said. Their honesty and willingness to talk about their lives in a personal and frank way is what makes the film so compelling.

Click here to learn more about the It Gets Better Project

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