A Quickie with Virginia Awkward

AE: They are! Was it hard getting use to being followed around by a camera crew?
VA:
We are always in the public eye, so having to be the followed around wasn’t a big deal.

AE: Memphis is often mentioned on lists of the most dangerous cities in the US. Does your wife, Ashley, ever fear for your safety?
VA:
My partner indeed fears for my safety, but she is also well aware that I’m careful and [use] caution. She says she feels confident knowing that my co-workers are there to back me up.

AE: Ashley is a former pro basketball player. What is she doing these days?
VA:
She’s currently working at her alma mater, Ole Miss, as an administrative assistant on the women’s basketball staff.

AE: As an out lesbian, do you encounter any problems on the job from fellow officers?
VA:
When I first came on the Memphis Police Department and the word got out that I was a lesbian, a lot of people didn’t believe it. Everyone said, “Oh, you’re too pretty to be a lesbian,” as if lesbians are unattractive. I always felt like the statement was crazy.

I have never experienced any problems on the department because of my sexuality. I like to believe that my personality speaks for itself and that it is the more important of the two.