Uniformed Queensland police to march in Brisbane Pride for the first time

 The start of the 2014 Brisbane Pride rally.
 The start of the 2014 Brisbane Pride rally. Photo: Michelle Smith

A ban on Queensland police marching in gay pride events in uniform has been lifted just weeks prior to the Brisbane Pride Festival.

Police commissioner Ian Stewart said when he was asked whether off-duty officers could attend the Brisbane Pride Festival march on September 19 in their Queensland Police Service uniforms, he had no hesitation in agreeing.

“In other states, police regularly are involved in those marches to show support and to show that we are a diverse community ourselves,” he told Fairfax Media.