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Library of Congress Staffer Says He Was Fired for Being Gay: VIDEO


Peter TerVeer, who was hired as a temporary employee at the Library of Congress' office of inspector general in 2008 and promoted several levels before being fired, says he was fired for his job after he disclosed that he is gay.

FOX5 reports:

"[I was] hired and subsequently promoted to a [GS] 9," said TerVeer. "And then to an 11. And got my in-grade [pay] increases, then things turned sour."

Sour, says TerVeer, when he disclosed that he is gay. In an affidavit in support of a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, TerVeer says his immediate supervisor created a hostile work environment by disparaging both his homosexuality and his religious beliefs.

"My personal perspective as to having my religious beliefs is that homosexuality is not a sin. And that was not the case up there," said VerTeer gesturing toward the location of his old office.

FOX 5 has obtained what appear to be emails from that supervisor. In one of them, the supervisor writes to his employee that "He [meaning Jesus] prohibited sexual immorality including homosexuality...."

Watch FOX5's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Gay Man Says Library of Congress Supervisor Disparaged Homosexuality: MyFoxDC.com


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  1. well his supervisor clearly hasn't ever opened the judeo-christian bible, let alone read it, studied it, or attempted to understand it.

    this is an all-too-familiar reality for a lot of people.

    as a good friend said to me a few days ago, "My mother is religious enough to tell me that being gay is a sin, but not religious enough to have ever actually gone to church"

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 7, 2012 1:59:05 PM

  2. "He [meaning Jesus] prohibited sexual immorality including homosexuality...."

    Yet another hateful fundie who's never read his "loving" book. Jesus never mentioned it.

    Posted by: Dale | Apr 7, 2012 2:09:21 PM

  3. Mr. TerVeer there has never been a better time to kick that supervisors teeth in and I hope you do.

    Posted by: uffda | Apr 7, 2012 2:09:47 PM

  4. And all of this happened on Obama's watch?


    Posted by: Alan | Apr 7, 2012 2:13:13 PM

  5. So he's a religious guy, started as a temp in 2008, became G-11 so quickly, and was told his religious views are wrong? Extremely weird.

    Fox *might* have wanted to mention his rights under federal law.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 7, 2012 2:14:07 PM

  6. Far be it from me to correct the all-knowing Little Kiwi, but I have to ask you, what in the world is a Judeo-Christian Bible? I mean, I know that there's a Jewish Bible, or Tanakh, and a Christian Bible, with "Old" and "New" Testaments, but I didn't think there was anything in between. Are you trying to promote Jews for Jesus or some such group, I wonder? Anyway, Tank is just wondering about your post.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 7, 2012 2:26:36 PM

  7. @Paul R, that's one of the things I'm always so puzzled by. If one is going to demand "freedom of religion", and included religious expression, then why does that suddenly not seem to apply to Affirming Congregations, or LGBT-Inclusive religious denominations?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 7, 2012 2:42:30 PM

  8. Because people seem to think that LGBT individuals/supporters can't be or choose to be anti-religion.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 7, 2012 2:47:08 PM

  9. Boys and girls, he has no rights under federal law.

    Posted by: Mercutio | Apr 7, 2012 2:51:31 PM

  10. As for this horrible story of discrimination, it's more of the same ole, same ole Christianist bigotry. The AUDACITY and the arrogance these individuals display, the hypocrisy, it should conceivably be unbelievable, but we've all seen enough to know that is isn't. What I am wondering if if Mr. TerVeer got fired because the supervisor essentially colluded to make it happen or did he get fired after complaining about the discrimination? Did the supervisor have the authority to fire Mr. TerVeer? If he got fired after complaining about the crap he was forced to endure then this case takes an even nastier note with more people involved and to blame.

    It's stories like these which make passing ENDA so critical. The fact we can't even hold employment without being harassed at work as a community is sickening.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 7, 2012 2:59:18 PM

  11. amen, Francis.

    it's truly astonishing that in 2012 people can still be fired, denied employment and denied housing simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 7, 2012 3:12:57 PM

  12. Mr. TerVeer is about to become part of the one percent. On behalf of the tax payers of this country, when Mr. TerVeer collects his multi-million dollar settlement for this, I want the supervisor in question to be named so we know who to thank for more of our tax money going to things like this because of someone's ignorance.

    This supervisor should be forced to pay back the government any settlement Mr. TerVeer wins. And be terminated.

    Posted by: Bart | Apr 7, 2012 3:18:01 PM

  13. So happy that documentation (by email) exists in this case.

    However, one thing that 'astonishes' (to echo another commenter) me is that a Fox station is, apparently, sympathetic to TerVeer. One would hope that the news editors follow through.

    Posted by: WebHybrid | Apr 7, 2012 3:22:32 PM

  14. Jesus ran into a homosexual via the Roman centurion and said of him, Never have I seen faith greater than this.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 7, 2012 3:50:31 PM

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    Posted by: Ryan | Apr 7, 2012 4:11:15 PM

  16. I need solid proof to believe this guys story. Lets hear both sides of the story. Let the chips fall where they may.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 7, 2012 4:23:57 PM

  17. Tank: "the all-knowing Little Kiwi" ha ha ha. Kiwi sure thinks so.

    Posted by: Max | Apr 7, 2012 4:56:28 PM

  18. Webhybrid, One thing that I've found is that Fox News and most local Fox stations have virtually nothing in common. Fox News caters to a very specific audience, the local Fox stations play in a very mainstream realm, and what they say (particularly in bigger urban areas like DC, and NYC where I live) is often at odds with the Fox News message. In my mind, I'm not really sure if Murdoch really thinks that the crap that Fox News spouts is worthwhile, or if he's just your standard money hungry millionaire who's laughing all the way to the bank thanks to those 'moral conservatives'

    Posted by: Matt | Apr 7, 2012 5:24:43 PM

  19. @Alan The Library of Congress is part of the legislative branch (i.e. Congress) which has EXEMPTED itself from all equal opportunity and non-discrimination laws. There is probably nothing the EEOC or the Obama administration can do about this.

    Posted by: Jim TO | Apr 7, 2012 5:40:40 PM

  20. @Tank: there isn't even "a" Christian Bible. "Catholic Bible" and "Protestant Bible" would be closer to the truth, though still a bit of a simplification. Problems of translation are probably more pertinent to Christian anti-gay bigotry than variety of bible is...

    Posted by: Vint | Apr 7, 2012 6:21:18 PM

  21. @Michael From the distance of over 2000 years, you know that the Roman Centurion was gay!

    Posted by: jack | Apr 7, 2012 6:35:45 PM

  22. The most likely scenario is the gay was probably more creative and hard working - showing up his supervisor who shouldn't have been in the position to begin with. Said supervisor, not having much to do, decided to build some sort of vindictive paper trail on the guy. Many government supervisors are placed in those positions because they aren't efficient, do not work well with others - sort of socially promoted because they can't be fired. Like 16 year olds still in the 7th grade that have to be sent to high school because they are mature of body but not of mind.

    Posted by: MB | Apr 7, 2012 8:40:38 PM

  23. @Mercutio, no he has no federal rights. Not that that this is not a bad supervisor or that he might not have collective-bargaining rights, but why is this even on Fox local TV?

    Posted by: Patrick | Apr 7, 2012 8:45:51 PM

  24. @Alan and others...do your homework. The Library of Congress does not fall under the Executive Branch e.g. Obama. If you care to read the word "Congress" in its name, you are given a clue that it falls under the Legislative Branch which has exercised its privilege of exempting itself from nearly every single employement law ever passed, therefore, he has no rights. Further, the maximum EEOC settlement amount is $300K, not millions.

    Posted by: Anita Valium | Apr 7, 2012 9:59:01 PM

  25. The Library of Congress is subject to federal anti-discrimination laws and has an abysmal record in that regard.

    Just go to www dot dcd dot uscourts dot gov and search on James Billington. He is the Librarian of Congress and is sued in his official capacity, including by ex-Green Beret Diane Schroer, with ACLU support, who is an MtF transgender American. The judge's opinion upholding her claim for sex discrimination quoted Justice Scalia.

    There's a story here re serious job discrimination at the Library.

    Posted by: Anonymous for a reason | Apr 8, 2012 8:51:30 AM

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