100 Women We Love: Ana Arboleda
by Kat Long, Jacqueline Frances and Andrew Collins
June 14, 2013

NYPD officer Ana Arboleda worked her way through college at Chueca, Inc., the sadly departed lesbian bar in Queens, “where she had the best time of her life.” There she realized that blending her role in the LGBT community and in law enforcement was her calling. (Being surrounded by beautiful women didn’t hurt, either—“What more can I have asked for?” she jokes.) Arboleda began her career with the NYPD in 2007, and currently serves in the 75th Precinct in East New York. The NYC native is a dedicated board member and the corresponding secretary of GOAL, the Gay Officers Action League—an organization she’s been involved with since she joined the force. She participated in the NYPD’s “It Gets Better” video, and as an instructor for the LGBTQ Sensitivity workshop, Arboleda uses her visibility as a lesbian officer to educate future NYPD personnel about LGBT issues. She calls “reaching a point in my life where I am open about my sexuality at work, and facing my fear of public speaking by teaching the LGBTQ Sensitivity classes” one of her proudest accomplishments. She is now pursuing her master's degree in International Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. We’re glad to have Arboleda watching out for us. -JF

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