Friday, February 20, 2009

Straight firefighters in San Diego win harassment suit after being compelled to participate in Gay Pride parade

In a bizarre turnabout, four firefighters have won a $34000 judgment against the City of San Diego for being forced, they say, in a Gay Pride parade. The firefighters complain that they were yelled at and made fun of and this amounted to workplace sexual harassment.

There is a story in the San Diego Union Tribune by Tony Manolatos and Angelica Martinez, link here, Feb 17, 2009.

There is also an interesting “hop topics” op-ed by Joe Moag on Feb 18, 2009, here, written by a self-identified gay man who says he understands the shoe is on the other foot. What a lesson in empathy.

But, back in the 1970s, in New York City, fire departments had offered arguments against ENDA-like ordinances for the City that resemble what is said about the military today: the loss of privacy in the “firehouse.” In fact, the meeting place for GAANY in the 1970s on Wooster street used to be called “The Firehouse.”

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