Sgt. Keith Richards was recently named a "Champion Against Homophobia and Transphobia - 2018," by PFLAG Canada. This is a National Award that is rarely given out, and he is the first DRPS member to have received this national recognition. Sgt. Richards has been recognized regionally by PFLAG Durham twice before.
Locally, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Durham Region, provides support, education and resources on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity/expressions for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex, queer, and questioning persons and their families and friends. DRPS has been a long-time supporter of the organization.
At Saturdays Gala, representatives of PFLAG presented Sgt. Richards with the award, thanking him for his commitment to the organization and what it stands for. For many years Sgt. Richards was face of diversity for DRPS and has committed endless hours of his time to share the diversity message. He always demonstrates caring and respect and is not only a humanitarian, but a true champion against homophobia.
Other DRPS recipients of the regional award include Jeff Haskins, Pam Devine and George Dmytruk (retired).
PFLAGs peer-to-peer support teams are available by phone or email to talk with you about your own sexuality/gender expressions or the gender/sexuality of members of your family or friends.
For more information please visit their website here.
Congratulations to Keith for receiving this honour!
Keith Receives His Award (JPG file, 271.3K bytes)