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  • College journalist looking for information

    Hello everyone.

    My name is Tanner, and I'm a journalism student in pursuit of knowledge.

    In my Investigative Reporting class, we are tasked to research an issue from our own hypotheses, and create a story based on our findings. The topic I chose is prejudice within fire departments, specifically targeted against homosexual men.

    I post here, today, asking for any and all information that can be provided. If you are a homosexual firefighter or know a homosexual firefighter who has ever faced discrimination on the job, whether it be from fellow firefighters, superiors, or people you've encountered while working, please tell me your story. If you prefer not to put your information out into the world, we can arrange a direct messaging avenue instead. I'm looking for real stories from real people - people I can talk to and ask questions.

    I'm not here to besmirch the good name of firefighting, but rather to expose prejudice against homosexuals in the workplace so we can hopefully extinguish it.

    Cheers,
    Tanner

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    How about "" expose prejudice against everyone in the workplace so we can hopefully extinguish it.""

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    • #3
      Originally posted by fire5555 View Post
      How about "" expose prejudice against everyone in the workplace so we can hopefully extinguish it.""
      I agree, all forms of prejudice need to be eliminated. For the purpose of my assignment, however, my lens is focused solely on discrimination against homosexuals - though I believe prejudices of all kinds need to be addressed on a larger scale.

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      • #4
        I can't speak to homosexual men in the fire service, because as far as I know, I've never encountered any in my small section of the world of firefighting. However, I do know two homosexual women in a mutual-aid department. One is the assistant chief, and the other is (at the time of writing) a probationary firefighter. The two are dating, and as far as I know, they are fully and totally integrated into their department. I can't say that they've never experienced prejudice, because I'm not them. However, I can say that they are not shunned or excluded, and the assistant chief at least is a central part of that department's dynamics.

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        • #5
          I am a College student and to be honest, sometimes I envy those people who know how to write good literate texts. I always have to visit website to get writer's help. Of course it's convenient, but I would like to write academic papers with my mind.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SilenceAround View Post
            I am a College student and to be honest, sometimes I envy those people who know how to write good literate texts. I always have to visit website to get writer's help. Of course it's convenient, but I would like to write academic papers with my mind.
            Maybe you ought to take up "dog catcher school" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tannerhimself View Post
              Hello everyone.

              My name is Tanner, and I'm a journalism student in pursuit of knowledge.

              In my Investigative Reporting class, we are tasked to research an issue from our own hypotheses, and create a story based on our findings. The topic I chose is prejudice within fire departments, specifically targeted against homosexual men.

              I post here, today, asking for any and all information that can be provided. If you are a homosexual firefighter or know a homosexual firefighter who has ever faced discrimination on the job, whether it be from fellow firefighters, superiors, or people you've encountered while working, please tell me your story. If you prefer not to put your information out into the world, we can arrange a direct messaging avenue instead. I'm looking for real stories from real people - people I can talk to and ask questions.

              I'm not here to besmirch the good name of firefighting, but rather to expose prejudice against homosexuals in the workplace so we can hopefully extinguish it.

              Cheers,
              Tanner
              My former assistant chief was openly gay. He was a paramedic too. He was teased about being a really bad gay man (horrible Gaydar, never dressed well, etc). Heck, I called him up the other day, asking when was he getting married, since I have never been to a gay wedding. I'm Jewish, and people teased me about being cheap. We had an Irish guy join, and he was teased about always being drunk. And then there was the fat man, who ended up being the house captain after several years, he was the only one of us who didn't need to adjust his harness. And when one of our guys go laid off, and seemed to always be at the fire house.... you get the idea. And you don't what to know what we said to the Arabic guy.....

              Maybe it's just my department, but we are open to everyone. We will still tease you and make fun of you. But at the end of the day, everyone is given the chance. And yes, we have accepted people who were rejected by other organizations. Some were successful, others not so much.

              Am I naive enough to say that discrimination doesn't happen? Not at all. But is discrimination is as prevalent as many people claim? after all, if you do the job, and do it to the standards set forth by the organization, you tend not to have issues. And if you can't do the job, or can't score as well on the entrance exams, well, that's not discrimination, despite what some claim.

              I will also say that maliciously harassing anyone, or taking pictures of women in the show, or setting two sets of standards for different races, sexes, sexualities, etc, should result in the automatic termination of all involved, and criminal charges where appropriate. Everyone should be held to the same standards, regardless of what they are.

              And fi you need a refresher on sensitivity training in the fire service, I encourage you to check out this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5J2O3j9pNY
              If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!

              FF/EMT/DBP

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