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GOAL Chicago

Skip back in time to review the history of the LGPA prior to the two organizations coming together in 2005…

The original LGPA fore-leaders decided to step down in 2005 and asked us to continue the passage of future endeavors for the association. In the Spring of 2005, Jamie Richardson, Jim LoBianco, Levi Catavu, Kathy Caldwell, Joe Beosi, Jose Rios, Jonathon Lewin, Marty Ridge, Barry Hagar, Kathy Crow, Renee Contreras, Judy Jenkins, Ken Schaffer, and Nancy Lipman decided to expand our membership, by merging with the Gay Officers Action League AKA GOAL. Thus, opening our association to firefighters, public safety officers and associate members. This has benefited our association by improving infrastructure, expanded support and companionship with outside agencies, subsequently renaming our organization LGPA-GOAL Chicago.

The purposes for which this organization exists are as follows:

  • to promote friendship and fraternity among its members;
  • to inculcate in its members a high sense of loyalty and responsibility to each other and to law enforcement service;
  • to motivate its members to achieve a higher degree of efficiency in the discharge of their duties;
  • to impress its members with the principles of justice, equity and equality within the area of law enforcement;
  • to promote and strive for a high level of diversity and inclusion of all people within the organization;
  • to promote the interest and welfare of its members as law enforcement officers and criminal justice professionals and to advance the cause of equal treatment and opportunities for its members within the various agencies from which they are drawn in such areas as, but not limited to, appointments, assignments, promotions, retiree advocacy and employee benefits; and
  • to support its members against any injustice or discriminatory action which they may encounter within the workplace or elsewhere.

LGPA/GOAL Chicago’s actual mission statement is as follows:

The Lesbian Gay Police Association – Gay Officers Action League of Chicago (LGPA/GOAL Chicago) is a professional association of public safety officers dedicated to the support, protection, and promotion of its membership and of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) community. GOAL Chicago is organized to encourage diversity, acceptance, and non-discrimination. In doing so GOAL Chicago is dedicated to promoting understanding within the respective departments of its membership as well as between those departments and the GLBT community. GOAL Chicago seeks to accomplish this mission through social interaction, education, and charitable acts.

LGPA-GOAL Chicago Accomplishments:

Assisting in the coordination and designing of LGBT Streaming Training Videos in order to educate and ensure that the Chicago Police Department members are sensitive to LGBT community and LGBT officers concerns.

  • Supported and promoted the Oscar winning Documentary “Freeheld”
  • Provided overnight volunteer security for the filming of the film starring Sharon Gless, “Hannah Free”
  • worked hand in hand with the Gay Games and provided volunteer security under a bartered contract of which LGPA-GOAL provided volunteer security officers valued at $50,000.00 for the entire duration of the Gay Games.
  • annually provides a float in the GLBT Parade for all members to participate in their department uniform
  • is diligently working on acquiring much deserved pension plans for same sex partners
  • created a new departmental general order describing proper sensitivity to LGBT officers and LGBT community
  • currently concentrating on GLBT Training and sensitivity curriculum in the CPD Academy, Advocating for training in the CFD Academy and for training nationwide
  • provides meetings, social events and fundraisers for its members:Bi-annual Oscar Party
    Annual Christmas Party
    Annual Halloween Party
    Annual Ravinia Potluck Concert
    Annual out of state excursions
    Attendance to Annual GOAL conferences
    Annual Parade participation and post party
    Annual Camping Trip
    Members Birthday celebrations
    Annual Katarina Heights Benefit shows
    Annual cookouts
    Various social dinners
    Theatre nights
    Comedy Show benefits
    Annual Halsted Market Days booth
    many others…
  • volunteers and offers support in attendance for local charities :

    Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
    Test positive Aware Network
    Beehive
    Ride for Aids
    Chicago House
    Redeem the Dream
    Youth Outreach
    Coat drives
    Toy Drives
    HRC
    International Film Festival

  • is a fraternal organization, which was originated to support GLBT safety officers;
  • Promoted and sponsored numerous charity events supporting fellow officers in need of assistance
    Raffle tickets
    silent auction donations
    fundraiser donations
    event attendance
  • promotes allegiance and commitment among its members, their work environment and the community at large;
    Conducted community safety seminars
    offers gay liaison support to the LGBT community and LGPA-GOAL members
    Provides security for LGBT community events
  • influences the workplace for GLBT officers with a code of conduct that consists of fairness and impartiality;
  • advocates and progresses for a greater degree of acceptance, diversity and understanding between its members and the workplace;
  • endorses and advocates for the advancement, equality and prosperity among GLBT safety officers within the work environment ;
    Provides promotional study materials for members
    Actively promoted and sought LGBT police applicants
    Advocates for liaison positions within the department
  • advocates against any acts of discrimination and inequality among its members. promotes friendship and fraternity among its members;
  • to inculcate in its members a high sense of loyalty and responsibility to each other and to law enforcement service;
  • to motivate its members to achieve a higher degree of efficiency in the discharge of their duties;
  • to impress its members with the principles of justice, equity and equality within the area of public safety;
  • to promote and strive for a high level of diversity and inclusion of all people within the organization;
  • to promote the interest and welfare of its members as public safety professionals and to advance the cause of equal treatment and opportunities for its members within the various agencies from which they are drawn in such areas as, but not limited to, appointments, assignments, promotions, retiree advocacy and employee benefits;
  • and to support its members against any injustice or discriminatory action which they may encounter within the workplace or elsewhere.

LGPA-GOAL Chicago’s Gay Games Participation:

  • Sponsored and recruiting Gay Games Security and general volunteers locally and nationally
  • Worked hand in hand with the Gay Games and provided volunteer security under a bartered contract of which LGPA-GOAL provided volunteer security officers valued at $50,000.00 for the entire duration of the Gay Games.
  • In order to enhance sensitivity to all GLBT incidents, GOAL is currently working with the Chicago Police Department to implement a GLBT Sensitivity Training Video to be shown to all police officers prior to the Gay Games Festival
  • Assisted in the coordination and designing of a Gay Games Streaming Training Video in order to educate and ensure that the Chicago Police Department members are well informed of the Gay Games VII sports event
  • Promoted and attended Betty Concert within CPD and CFD organizations
  • Executive Board purchased 10 VIP tickets and sponsored 30 guests
  • Promoted and attended Gay Games Comedy Night through LGPA-GOAL – Sponsored 30 LGPA-GOAL members to attend
  • Recruited for Chicago Police applicants during the Gay Games
  • Provided Housing for out of town police officers volunteering for the Gay Games
  • Attended and purchased two Tables for the Gay Games One Hundred Champions
  • Hosted and sponsored a Gay Games kick off reception with Sidetrack Nightclub for all security volunteers on July 16th
  • Officer Kathern Caldwell, an Executive Board Member and our Treasurer, was on the Gay Games Board in order to oversee all security volunteer participation, attended all security related meetings and acted as the contact person for LGPA-GOAL Chicago and the Gay Games;
  • Hosted and sponsored nightly events for all security volunteers throughout the week of July 15th-22nd
  • Executive Board members promoted and attended Gay Games Cruise
  • Diligently promoted and recruited for all Gay Games events via flyers, e-mails and during all LGPA-GOAL events
  • LGPA-GOAL’s GLBT Security outreach Liaison worked with national and international GLBT Police Organizations to promote and recruit security, athlete and general volunteers