article placeholder

Gay Duluth police officer alleging discrimination rejects city’s $21,000 settlement offer

A gay Duluth police officer who says he was harassed by superiors because of his sexual orientation is meeting with city officials today after rejecting a $21,000 settlement offer from the city earlier this week, according to WSB radio.

Officer Bobby Johnson filed a complaint with the EEOC in February naming Lt. Chuck Wilson and Chief Randy Belcher for making anti-gay comments. Johnson said he was often the target of anti-gay jokes.

"The work environment became so hostile, I couldn't stand it," Johnson told the Duluth Patch.

article placeholder

First trans witness testifies at Senate ENDA hearing

Al FrankenGetting Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is no easy task, obviously, especially when it comes to the gender identity part. I mean, the anti-gay bigots are frothing at the mouth thinking about who will be using what bathroom.

But today the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee held a hearing on ENDA and included a transgender witness to testify about his experiences. This is the same Congress that likes to discuss birth control with no women present, so no doubt this was a major victory for LGBT and ENDA activists.