I will be happiest when this unit does not exist. How [expletive] crazy is that? Give up this good gig, and go back to working the streets where you should be. But to me, that's when we've suceeded. We've suceeded when people can look at this department and go "What the hell did they need a Gay and Lesbian Liason unit for? Look at this department. Everybody's embracing diversity. Everybody's respectful to everybody." We're not there yet.
...a white man in his fifties was found strangled in his apartment downtown. Nothing about the message signaled gay, but Parson was eight blocks away and decided to respond.
...There weren't the tell-tale signs, the photos, books or commemorative coffee cups from gay resort towns, but the lack of personal details made Parson think the victim led a secret life...
[He] found a woman who said she didn't want to gossip, but she had seen the victim bringing other men back to his apartment.
"Did the guys have gloves and bats? Were they part of a sports team?" Parson asked, playing dumb.
Not like that, the woman answered. Like this: She made a swishing motion with her wrist.
[A businessman], an Air Force veteran in creased pants, arrives at 9 p.m., looking thin and stressed as he carries a legal folder full of bank statements. He suspects that his domestic partner of seven years has embezzled more than $80,000 from his business....
[Parsons starts taking notes.] "Okay, what color are his eyes?"
The man pauses. "I don't know."
"Come on," Parson says, putting down his pen. "You stared into his [expletive] eyes for seven years!"
The man smiles and starts to relax....
He tells Parson he has a contract to provide lunches for schoolchildren...
"I gave my word I would feed these kids," he says.... [Yet] "It's hard because I still care for him."
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