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El Cerrito Police Chief Honored as Trailblazer

Police Chief Sylvia Moir was recognized by the Stonewall Democratic Club for being "out and outstanding."

Public service comes first for El Cerrito Police Chief Sylvia Moir, who recently received the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club 30 Trailblazer Award.

The award is meant to “highlight the diversity of local individuals advocating for LGBT equality (and) who have fought for social justice and advanced our movement towards equality,” the Stonewall Democrats website says.

Moir is El Cerrito’s second ever and longest serving woman police chief. She is also a lesbian. She said she was honored to be a Trailblazer.

“My hope is it gives permission as young men and women who identify something other than 'the norm' that they can enter into any profession that they desire,” Moir said of the award.

Moir, who is more comfortable with giving than getting awards, said her Trailblazer status is “a reflection of a city manager, city council and a community where my lifestyle is not an issue."

"I think this is more of an award for them than it is for me,” she said.

Kathy A. August 30, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Bagpipes take a lot of wind, and coordination. The fingering is similar to other woodwinds, but it is a very physical instrument. Tres cool.
Kathy A. August 30, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Thanks, Robert, for your comments, and your commitment to equal rights for all. I don't think Chief Moir has gone out of her way to describe her orientation; she focuses on her work and her community, and that is how we know her. But it is a grand thing, isn't it, that she can inspire others with her achievements? When I was growing up, I was told that women could not be firefighters or astronauts -- two of my interests. My family knew a lot of lawyers, but when I started law school, I had never met a woman lawyer. Things have changed a lot in my lifetime, but not enough that I can forget feeling like an outsider. A lot of LGBT people are rejected by their own families -- not every family is as able to embrace as yours. Young LGBT people often are vilified and taunted by their peers; they are at greater risk for assaults, depression, suicide. So, I cheer this award, and the encouragement it might bring to young people who worry they are too different to be accepted, and to achieve themselves.
Charles Burress August 30, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Hi John, I'm on vacation at the moment but happened to see your comment. And since I know the answer, I went ahead and added the other names to the caption. Thanks for catching this.
Joy Iwasa August 30, 2012 at 11:46 PM
It was such an honor to have the chance to chat with Chief Moir at the El Cerrito Relay for Life event in July. The El Cerrito Public Safety team participated throughout the 24hour event with the Chief walking the entire Sunday morning shift. I made a point to let her know about the exemplary service I received from the officers when my house was burglarized and I was moved by her sincere compassion and interest in the lives of community members. I'm proud to have her as Chief
Dorothy Coakley September 05, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Chief Moir has our support here at Casa Canine on Colusa for a less than obvious reason: she's learning to play the bagpipes. Everything else that she is/does is icing on the cake.

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