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Gay Cop

Fights for Right

to March in Uniform

6/7/2011 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A gay correctional officer is outraged that his department thinks marching in uniform in the West Hollywood gay pride parade is a "discredit" to the department ... and he's taking legal action to fight for his rights.

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Andrew Johnson works as a correctional officer for the California Institution for Women in Chino, CA.  He's also a member of the Gay Peace Officers Association.  Johnson asked his superiors at the Department of Corrections for permission to march in uniform on Sunday, but was told he couldn't do it because of a law that prohibits officers from marching in uniform if it would bring "discredit" to the department.

Johnson's lawyer, Gloria Allred, said at a news conference that other departments -- including the LAPD, L.A. County Sheriff's Department and the CHP -- allow officers to march in uniform in the parade.

Allred says the Department of Corrections allows officers to march in uniform in other parades, including the Christmas parade and the Carrot Festival.

Allred says she's filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Allred wouldn't let Johnson speak, because of fear of retaliation.

She wants the warden to reverse his position so Johnson can march.

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211.

Albert D'Orazio    

Neko:

I am glad he will get to wear his uniform at the gay pride parade because freedom to wear what you want and freedom to be who you are will always prevail over you homophobic bigots. I love how you homophobic bigots parade your anti-gay agenda and twist our words and beliefs for your erroneous gain and then go the radical step further and accuse us of being the bigots. Freedom and equality for all.

1131 days ago
212.

Albert D'Orazio    

Neko:

Apparently you don't know me. I would be all for it. I wouldn't be for the anti-gay parade but I could careless if a person wanted to wear his uniform at any parade.

1130 days ago
213.

islandchefin    

the irony....dude's last name is Johnson.....

1130 days ago
214.

musiqbiz    

It's people like this dude, that make it it harder for gay people to fit in to society like everyone else... why should he be given special treatment, just cause he's gay? If wearing a uniform was so important to him, he should have rented a Halloween costume, then he couldve gone as whoever he wanted to be, and not even involve his boss in it... He probably new there were people in his department that would raise objections, going to Allred was probably his F.U. to them...

1130 days ago
215.

JustE    

I am In Law Enforcement and it would be frowned upon if I wore my uniform into the grocery store. He need to stup whining.

1130 days ago
216.

Norteno    

Good for you dude. Ignore all the haters. Whether people agree with your REASON for WANTING to march in uniform, whether you were invited or not, who your attorney is, or thinking that you have "other motives"...etc.

It was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG for the Department to tell you NO and cite a paragraph of the Tiltle 15 that implies your gay-ness is a "discredit" to the Department.

1130 days ago
217.

middleagedcrazy    

The California Department of Corrections might have a point about 'Department of Corrections' appearing in a sex-themed parade.

1130 days ago
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