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Gay Cop Told Marching in Gay Parade a 'Discredit'

6/7/2011 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned a gay cop will file a complaint against his department, after he was denied the right to march in uniform Sunday in the West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade because it would bring "discredit" to his department.

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Gloria Allred is repping the California officer, who made a written request to march in uniform with other gay law enforcement officers and citizens.  Allred says the Department responded IN WRITING that the march would be a "discredit" to the cop shop.  Yes, in writing -- stuuuuupid.

Allred will hold a news conference Tuesday at 11 AM PDT in her L.A. office and the cop will appear.

We're told the cop will announce he's filing an employment discrimination complaint against the department based on sexual orientation ... though Allred won't reveal which department she's targeting until she takes the mic.

TMZ will live stream the news conference.



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91.

Jim in Cali    

Seriously TMZ, nobody really cares to see Gloria on live stream.

1173 days ago
92.

Jessica    

What a ***...

1173 days ago
93.

george clooney    

This will be the downfall of our once great Military. It will be scenes like this that will bring Generals to force retirement because one of his officers or enlisted personnel was offended by something someone said or a policy. As it is...military chaplains have been told they cannot say anything about gays...even though the Bible so instructs them to do so. This is one perverse society; Sodom played all over again. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

1173 days ago
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Ashley    

I work for a police department, and I can tell you we have several gay officers employed here. We also had an issue of them being able to march in a parade. The answer was no here also. The reason is simple. Police officers are supposed to remain neutral while in uniform. I can only speak for our agency, but our officers are not allowed to do ANYTHING in uniform. They are not allowed to go to the movies, bars, concerts, political speeches or college ball games. The only execption is if they are working security at these events. If the officer wanted to dress as a civilian, this would not be a problem, but his uniform is a work uniform. He is not going to be working this event.

1173 days ago
95.

Jon    

Homofascist pressure groups taking to the streets.

1173 days ago
96.

Ronald    

Ashley 5 minutes ago
I work for a police department, and I can tell you we have several gay officers employed here. We also had an issue of them being able to march in a parade. The answer was no here also. The reason is simple. Police officers are supposed to remain neutral while in uniform. I can only speak for our agency, but our officers are not allowed to do ANYTHING in uniform. They are not allowed to go to the movies, bars, concerts, political speeches or college ball games. The only execption is if they are working security at these events. If the officer wanted to dress as a civilian, this would not be a problem, but his uniform is a work uniform. He is not going to be working this event.

ASHLEY: BUT SGT SCOTTY STEVENS CAN SIT IN HIS UNIFORM WITH HIS PRIVATES HANG OUT N TAKE PIX N SEND THEM OUT THREW HIS WORK E-MAIL. WHY IS 1 OK BUT THE OTHER IS NOT?

1173 days ago
97.

Rico    

I have a problem with seeing a police officer uniform at a pride parade. Under that same breath, officers shouldnt be allowed to wear police officer uniforms at Thanksgiving day parades, fundraisers, or 4th of July celebrations.

1173 days ago
98.

ghfghfg    

In very old history "when gays were given too much power it led to the downfall of empires" .... I guess it's a spotlight issue.

1173 days ago
99.

en Todo Momento!!    

homosexuals are real stupid, it seems. just because some department puts it in writing that it is a 'discredit', they (the hommos) AUTOMATICALLY! attribute this to their sexual hobbies. dur, retard, it would also be a discredit if a dodgers fan would want to wear his uniform to the dodgers game on a big game day! YES! THAT! IS A 'DISCREDIT' AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YER ******* MORON!! 'oh the world hates me cuz i'm a hommo!!! waaah waah waah!' no, it's becuase yer an ass and a retard. dumas.

1173 days ago
100.

Pam    

If the department didn't let the female cop pose nude in Playboy, then this guy shouldn't be allowed to march in the parade. Not fair for one and not the other!!!!

1173 days ago
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fran    

Twilight 5 hours ago

I can't disagree with the Department here. Have you ever BEEN to one of these parades? I have. While most participants march respectfully and OBEY the law so far as public behavior goes, there are participants that go way too far with near nudity and sexual exhibitionism that is frankly against the law. If this type of behavior were seen in ANY other parade, there would be arrests. But for the sake of political correctness, simulated sex acts and said near nudity are ignored by police departments across the country. I was horrified at what I saw at the New York Gay Pride parade and I'm pretty open to just about anything culturally speaking. There were families and small children in the audience supporting Gay Rights, but there was a porn show in the parade. Unfortunately it demeans the many MANY floats and marchers that were there seriously standing up for what IS important -the right to simply be who you are. But who you are does not negate your legal responsibilities to be held to the same standard and laws as EVERYONE ELSE!!!!!!!!!

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wow Twilight I totally second and third everything you have said...I know Gays that wont march in the parade because of such behavior, like they say its not what they are about. The cities that allow this type of behavior should be ashamed of themselves, Toronto is the same...its time for the law to step in and stop this porn show.

1173 days ago
102.

Geeker    

If he IS a police officer he should be allowed to march in uniform. The fact that he is gay shouldn't have even been brought up in the decision. He's gettin a TON of cash unless they come up for an actual reason why it would be a discredit, to them, for letting him march.

1173 days ago
103.

irish35    

Why does he NEED to wear his Cops uniform to a Gay Pride Parade? Your work is separate from your sexual orientated lifestyle and the two should not be mixed. Next it will be Gays in the military demanding to wear their uniforms in Gay Pride Parades. Sorry it is not your Constitutional right to wear your employers uniform in a personal/private outside, of work activity. You represent the City you work in in that uniform, and should only be wearing it when you are ON DUTY.

1173 days ago
104.

Sense of Sweet    

Ok... what do the heterosexual people get? Do they have a heterosexual pride day, month? Do they have a fat people's pride day, month? skinny, ugly, beautiful, scarred, hooked on meth pride day? out on parole pride day/month? COME THE HECK ON! BE what you're gonna be! Do/be it and then shut the heck up! I don't give a rip, you have to answer for it not me, just don't shove it down my throat. *shaking my dang head*

1173 days ago
105.

Dan    

Probably planned on marching with an Indian,construction worker...

1173 days ago
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