Family of former Victoria Police officer says homophobia contributed to suicide


Tammy Mills | The Age | December 9, 2015

Michael Maynes had not yet graduated from the police academy when he said the first homophobic slur was made against him.

“You’re gay, you’ve got AIDS, you’re going to die alone.”

Michael Maynes, pictured with his father Robert Maynes, on his graduation day from Victoria Police.Michael Maynes, pictured with his father Robert Maynes, on his graduation day from Victoria Police.

It was the start of a long list of instances of homophobia and harassment he allegedly experienced in his short time in the police force. His family says the way he was treated was the catalyst for damage to his mental health and contributed to his eventual suicide.

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