More than 20 years ago, a tightly knit band of men who lived, showered, slept and were prepared to die together in the line of duty were confronted with an unwelcome prospect: a new ordinance prohibiting them from discriminating against gays. Like some in the military today who have balked at President Clinton's proposal to lift the ban on gays, men in the San Francisco Fire Department resisted when the city ruled in that departments could not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. The firefighters, who have their own paramilitary culture, would obey the ordinance but not embrace it. Those who resisted change have, for the most part, won. Today there are 1, firefighters in uniform, but only one is openly gay: Lt.
FBU Gay/Lesbian Support Group; National Women’s Advisory Committee
GAY FIREFIGHTERS WORK QUIETLY IN SAN FRANCISCO - Chicago Tribune
Nine Scottish firefighters who refused to hand out safety leaflets at a gay pride event were today ordered to undergo "intensive" diversity training. Some of the officers, from Cowcaddens fire station, in Glasgow, argued that it would have been "embarrassing" for them to attend the Pride Scotia festival, which took place in June, in uniform. Others claimed that taking part in the event would have contradicted their moral beliefs. However, managers at Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said the officers' refusal to distribute leaflets containing advice on fire prevention was "a fundamental breach of one of their core responsibilities". The statement said all nine firefighters accepted that they "should have performed their duties at the Pride Scotia festival", adding that they would undergo an intensive course of diversity training. The other eight received written warnings.
National Center for Lesbian Rights
In ruling in Ms. The ruling clarifies in the First Circuit that the existence of sexual orientation discrimination does not negate a sex discrimination claim under Title VII. A moving, powerful opinion by Judge Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson emphatically upheld the verdict and damages awarded Ms. Franchina against the City of Providence, citing the egregious abuse Ms. Franchina endured.
A federal appeals court ruled last week that federal anti-discrimination law extends protections to gay and lesbian workers in cases where they claim discrimination based on both their sexual orientation and gender. Last Thursday, the U. Franchina initially sued in federal court in , alleging she developed severe post-traumatic stress because of the constant mistreatment.