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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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31.

Susie    

To the person asking, NO, Gloria does not often wear anything but red suits. She must have several hundred with mix and match shirts, scarf's etc. Her Favorite color and always has been. Occassionally you might see her in a white or cream color suit, but otherwise always red.

1133 days ago
32.

Cher    

LOL!!! If any cop stopped/cited me while "making blinking eyes" like this sissy cop, I couldn't stop howling with laughter.. oops Gloriaaaah, my FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT. Ur both a disgrace to the human Race.

1133 days ago
33.

Jackie    

So if he wasn't gay and being declined not use the uniform, would this still be considered as Sexual orientation? And btw Allred....You say gay and Lesbians Parade, but yet you single out bisexuals, transgenders, straight alias....wtf so aren't you discrimination the others orientation?

1133 days ago
34.

paigehop    

The problem with IT participating in the parade is that the ****** parades are nothing but flesh bizarres. Fetishist behavior, overtly sexual displays, etc. It would absolutely be a discredit on the polic department! Let me guess, he was going to be carrying his night "STICK", too, right?

Attorneys for the police department need to pull out all stops on this one, by getting previous march vidoes, pics, etc. to show all the debotchery and probably illegal conduct in the process. You know, the discrediting stuff.

1133 days ago
35.

Ty    

lol, its so easy with some people to see when just looking at them that theyre gay. No offense, just obvious remark :P

1133 days ago
36.

cangirl    

I do not believe this is about being GAY this is about wearing his uniform. I am pro-gay (whatever that means anymore) and I believe it is just like working for any company. If I worked for Pepsi and wanted to wear my uniform therefor representing Pepsi, they have a right to say 'NO! Go, have fun but dont represent us by wearing your uniform'

1133 days ago
37.

writenow    

Gloria! I've missed you in the month or so you haven't held a news conference. Good that you're back!

1133 days ago
38.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

He would have had a better case if he had just worn the uniform and then if he was fired or reprimanded,then get a lawyer.This way he just looks like an idiot looking to make a buck.

1133 days ago
39.

jackie    

The cop should march out of uniform as an individual. Marching in the uniform suggests that the entire force backs the march. Many may have personal or religious objections, and they have that right as individuals just as the cop has the individual right to march. The uniform should not be used to push an agenda that others who wear it do not agree with. As long as the department and co-workers are not discriminating against the officer in the work place, he should respect their right to disagree with him.

1133 days ago
40.

Leo    

Previous parades include uniformed police officers, some on duty, some not. It makes no sense for this guy to be told that he may not join others in so doing. It's a civil rights parade. Black officers would be allowed to march in uniform for a racial civil rights parade. The state will lose in any legal case here.

I predict he gets to march so any trial and settlement costs can be avoided. The governor is probably already on the phone to that warden or the warden's boss.

Enough...back now to Weinergate.

1133 days ago
41.

Tamara    

I do not understand the problem? Of course he should not wear his uniform to this function... the police should never (though I know the system can be corrupt) show any signs of 'taking sides' in anything, not just this. Like it or not as of this moment in time this is a political issue. This officer had to know that. If an officer wanted to wear his uniform to some sort of event that was anti gay I would want this rule to be enforced as well and I am sure this officer would agree with that. There should not be a double standard.

If I did not know better I would say Ms. Alred is an attention whore. And that this guy is being waaay too sensitive and is perhaps out to make some money off this and get himself some attention too? As many problems as there are in the world this is strikingly frivolous. I truly hope the department does not cave on this.

1133 days ago
42.

justsaying    

When are we as a people going to start fighting back? Gays and lesbians have the devil firmly in their corner. When are we going to get God on ours and start fighting back. HARD!!!!

1133 days ago
43.

I am Spartacus    

He shouldn't be allowed to wear his uniform. He is not working. he can walk in his regular clothes with his badge like he would when not working but if they don't want him wearing the uniform he should not.

1133 days ago
44.

Stella    

he looks slightly like Adam Lambert without all the makeup. Regarding his case, march all day, every day, just not in your work uniform....common sense.

1133 days ago
45.

vp    

I firmly believe law enforcement officers should not be permitted to wear their uniforms unless they are on duty or officially representing their department at an event. In fact, most companies with uniformed employees have policies in place that prohibit wearing your uniform off duty.

1133 days ago
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