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Firefighters Battle Roadside Car Blaze Dressed in Drag: VIDEO

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Ted Aubart and Ben Terhaar, firefighters from Sedan, Minnesota, fought a roadside fire in drag over the weekend, FOX 9 News reports:

FfEvery year, the men in the Sedan Fire Department trade their firefighting frocks for designer dresses as part of a beauty pageant of sorts that raises money for new equipment; however, as they were getting ready to ride in the St. Patrick's Day parade, a pickup truck caught fire. That blaze spread to another car, and both Aubart and Terhaar hitched up their skirts and sprang into action.

Aubart can be seen in the pink dress, helping a blue-bedecked Terhaar pour water on the smoldering vehicles.

It only took a couple of minutes to put out the fire -- even though Aubart did havev to adjust his fallen dress straps while on the run.

Watch the video and an interview with the firefighters, AFTER THE JUMP...

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New York Fire Department Has First Transgender Firefighter

Brooke, whose last name was withheld for privacy reasons, is  New York City's first transgender firefighter, the NY Post reports:

FdnyThe tall blonde, who now goes by Brooke, is a third-generation firefighter, with her father still on the job. The Post is withholding her full name.

Around Metrotech headquarters, where she is currently assigned, the famously macho department -- almost 100 percent male with only 32 women on the job -- is taking her transition in stride.

...The firefighter initially was assigned to Ladder 172/Engine 330 in Bensonhurst, according to department sources, before taking a desk job at FDNY headquarters where she works scheduling appointments for recruits.

Said Brooke to the Post: “I am appreciative of the support that the FDNY has given me during this time in my life. However, it is my expressed wish that the details of my personal and professional life remain private."

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Nashville Paramedic Suspended for Telling 'Perverted' Gay EMTs to 'Crawl Back into the Closet' on Facebook

Kevin Kennedy, a 20-year-veteran of the Nashville Fire Department, has been suspended for making anti-gay remarks on Facebook, The Tennesseean reports:

Kennedy Fire Chief Steve Halford ordered the two-month suspension after a departmental hearing last week for paramedic Kevin Kennedy. Kennedy was accused of posting on his own Facebook page and the Nashville Fire Department Emergency Medical Services’ page that homosexuality was a perversion. He also said two gay EMS workers should “crawl back into the closet,” said Deputy Chief Kim Lawson, spokeswoman for the department.

Kennedy must "show proof of his participation in an anger management program and diversity training" before coming back on the job, according to Deputy Chief Kim Lawson.

Said Lawson: “We have not faced this issue before, but as social media expands, it is a concern. In no way did we want people to think the department was associated with anti-gay comments.”


A Long Island Firefighter for Marriage Equality in New York: Video

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Long Island firefighter Mike Vissichelli joins the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign.

Vissichelli is the president of FireFLAG, an advocacy group for gay and lesbian firefighters and rescue workers, and has been a volunteer firefighter for 25 years, HRC writes.

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Gay NY Firefighter Files Seven-Figure Discrimination Lawsuit

Steven Saunders, a third-generation firefighter from White Plains, New York, is seeking seven figures in a lawsuit agains the city and the Fire Department, alleging anti-gay discrimination and harassment, the Journal News reports:

Saunders Saunders, a 17-year fire veteran and the father of three, said he is suing, in part, to "send a message to my children not to be afraid to stand up for who you are."

In papers filed in state Supreme Court, Saunders, 43, said that after rumors about his sexuality began spreading in 2008, he informed his superiors that he was gay and was told by Deputy Fire Chief Richard Houlihan not to tell anyone, "especially anyone in the Fire Bureau."

The lawsuit alleges that, without permission, Houlihan then "outed" Saunders by telling others in the department that he was gay.

After his sexual identity became known, the suit claims, Saunders was subjected to mocking and abuse by a number of firefighters who made obscene cracks and gestures about his homosexuality. Despite his complaints about it, the court papers say, supervisors did nothing to stop it.

Saunders said that after complaining he was made Houlihan's driver and told to "keep [his] mouth shut...because everyone gets teased — Blacks, Hispanics and Italians."

The claims in Saunders' lawsuit will reach seven figures, according to his legal team.

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Watch: The New York Fire Department's Beefcake Boys are Back

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The New York Fire Department's discontinued firefighter beefcake calendar has been continued again, apparently because the department is strapped for cash. The calendar went on sale yesterday. You can help out a hero here.

And check out a behind-the-scenes, AFTER THE JUMP...

Remember what got it canned?

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