Papers Ignore Lewd Gestures, Taunts of Firemen Forced to March in Gay Pride Parade

August 6th, 2007 5:54 PM
Four firefighters who say there were forced to participate in San Diego's "Gay Pride" parade and subjected to "vile sexual taunts" have filed a complaint and plan to sue the city.

According to the Thomas More Law Center, four firefighters were forced to participate in the parade against their will and were "subjected to vile sexual taunts from homosexuals lining the parade route." According to the complaint filed with the city, the firemen of Engine 5 told their chief they did not want to appear in the parade but were told the morning of the parade that they were under orders to participate.

The firefighters claim to have been subjected to sexually suggestive comments from parade observers, including "show me your hose," "you can put out my fire," and "give me mouth-to-mouth."

"The experience left me feeling humiliated, embarrassed, and offended by this event," Capt. John Ghiotto said in his statement.
According to a press statement by the Thomas More Law Center, "Local papers reporting on the parade made no mention of the lewd and offensive behavior that characterized the parade."