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Judge: Firefighters Case Ready to Go to Jury

The case involving firefighters suing the city of San Diego who say they were sexually harassed after being forced to ride in the city's Gay Pride parade has had enough testimony to go to the jury, Judge Michael Anello said yesterday: "It appears to the court that there's at least enough here to go to the jury on whether this was sexual harassment."

FirefighterssandiegoprideThe San Diego Union Tribune reports:

"Most of the case was presented before yesterday, when Aguirre called all eight of his witnesses. One of those giving testimony was paramedic Adrian Reyes, who said he rode an ambulance in the parade directly behind the engine carrying the four firefighters last year. He was asked if comments from the crowd – including 'You're so hot!' – offended him. 'No,' Reyes said. 'If anything, it was flattering.' Reyes said he didn't see any spectators approach the ambulance or the engine. 'Everybody was at least 10 feet away,' he said. 'No one came up and tried to shake my hand or touch me.'"

Last week, firefighter Alex Kane testified that following the parade he went through a sort of post-traumatic stress situation: "Kane, who has worked as a firefighter for six years, testified that he became the butt of jokes at the fire station. He also said the parade experience adversely affected his family life. 'I felt confused, embarrassed, used, abandoned by my leadership,' Kane said. 'I had to fight through it.' He said professional counseling has helped him overcome the distress. But toward the end of his testimony with LiMandri, Kane started to break down. He covered his face and asked for time to compose himself, and the judge granted him a break."

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  1. I suspect Kane was the butt of jokes at the fire station because he was acting like a big old drama queen.

    I don't think anyone should participate in any kind of parade against their will, but this doesn't seem like the soul-shattering experience it's being made out to be.

    Posted by: David D. | Sep 30, 2008 10:02:36 AM

  2. I can't believe this is meriting a court case.

    The world is a straight pride parade to a gay person. We deal with this kind of shit every day.

    Shut the fuck up, you whining pussies.

    Posted by: jeffy | Sep 30, 2008 10:15:37 AM

  3. "But toward the end of his testimony with LiMandri, Kane started to break down. He covered his face and asked for time to compose himself, and the judge granted him a break."

    Jeez, it sounds like this guy had severe emotional problems long before he was every in the parade. Should he even be allowed to fight fires? I can only imagine him breaking down when having to run into a burning building to save a crying baby.

    Posted by: Patrick | Sep 30, 2008 10:18:48 AM

  4. These guys are suppose to be San Diego's Bravest?! If riding on a fire truck in a parade rattles these guys how are they suppose to handle an actual emergency situation where maybe a child is killed? I suppose they just throw down their hoses and run to therapy-but not before stopping by their lawyers office to sue first! Thank God these wilting violets weren't on the FDNY during Sept. 11th. They're pathetic!

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Sep 30, 2008 10:19:55 AM

  5. See...this is the gays problem. They think all men, especially those in hyper-masculine roles, ought to be flattered with their adoration and attention. It don't work that way. I can totally understand this situation - These guys don't want to be going down Main Street in a butt bared, drag queeny, parade of faggotry. They've got that right and you don't have any say in how it should affect them. It did affect them, negatively. And if a couple of them liked, then great! But stop damning those hets that don't invite the attention of other men or want it forced on them.

    Posted by: bruno | Sep 30, 2008 11:40:51 AM

  6. I'm not sure the phrase, "the butt of jokes," was the most appropriate expression he could have used, under the circumstances.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Sep 30, 2008 11:50:03 AM

  7. not so sure i'd want any of these pussies entering a burning building to save me.

    Posted by: alguien | Sep 30, 2008 12:00:24 PM

  8. "See...this is the gays problem. . . . "

    Thank you, Bruno, for explaining our problem with such grammatical creativity. Now that we know what delicate flowers you straight boys are, we'll try not to hurt your feelings. P.S. You're not as adored as you think you are.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 30, 2008 12:48:54 PM

  9. I doubt "Bruno" is straight, Ernie. He's probably one of those so called "straight acting" gay guys (SAGs). They believe that looking and acting like a stereotypical hetero is normal, and acting like a "fag" is not. He takes pride in the fact that he supposedly doesn't act like a big ol' queen. But to be honest, most of those SAGs are completely delusional because they really are the biggest queens alive, they just refuse to see it.

    Posted by: Jai | Sep 30, 2008 1:12:54 PM

  10. Now stop that, Jai, or you'll make Bruno cry like a fireman! (Bruno could even be one of the Queen's many personalities, ya never know.)

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 30, 2008 1:26:33 PM

  11. They're firemen. They were asking for it. If they'd just chosen not be so in-your-face about it, making a spectacle of themselves, then no one would've bothered them.


    Posted by: latebrosus | Sep 30, 2008 2:11:31 PM

  12. I want the defense to use the rape-excuse. The fire fighters were dressed provocatively (everyone knows that men in uniform are very popular).

    They asked for it. They should've been less slutty and worn something else.

    Posted by: Philip Wester | Sep 30, 2008 2:31:07 PM

  13. theses little flowers should lose their case and be made to pay court costs. then maybe they should seek jobs better suited to their delicate sensibilities.

    fuck 'em! pussies, all of them.

    Posted by: nic | Sep 30, 2008 4:25:35 PM

  14. Apparently, these men are so insecure in their own sexuality that they need Hooters babes to lap dance for them 24/7.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 30, 2008 6:30:26 PM

  15. Fire these guys. I wouldn't trust them to save me from a fire. They'd probably get all post traumatic on me.

    Posted by: pablo | Sep 30, 2008 6:47:53 PM

  16. C'mon, guys. I agree that this guy is being pretty ridiculous. But couldn't we come up with some other way to say that without calling him a "pussy"? I'm pretty sure there's a way to say it without being sexist.

    Posted by: Elliot | Sep 30, 2008 7:43:50 PM

  17. I was at the parade and I -- and those around me -- thought the guys were gay, since there are gay contingents for police and CHP, etc.
    They were all smiling and waving. Their station is in the middle of Hillcrest, a very gay neighborhood. The cute ones get checked every day just going to Ralph's to buy groceries, just as some of the cuter women firefighters get looked at when they're in public, too. Lots of politics in the station and in the SDFD, resentment about a lesbian chief, etc. They're greedy and they want to show the Chief.
    The drama is a little embarrassing.
    Still, the earth continues to revolve around the sun.

    Posted by: BobSanDiego | Sep 30, 2008 11:00:19 PM

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