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Firefighters take part in gay pride parade
AMERICAN-STATESMAN ^ | 6.14.08 | Regina Dennis

Posted on 06/14/2008 12:32:57 PM PDT by trumandogz

A new color graces the gay pride rainbow flag: fire engine red.

Members of the Austin Fire Department Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Friends will take part in the Austin Pride Parade today, riding on a fire truck and marking the organization's second appearance in the annual event that celebrates the gay community in Austin.

Lt. Jan Wesson, who leads the group, said it received great support last year from attendees, who named the truck "Best Vehicle."

"That was just the highlight of my career," said Wesson, who has served in the Fire Department for 24 years and came out in 1993. "When we turned the corner of Fourth and Congress, the crowd, which was about eight or nine people deep, they just gave this big huge cheer. I talked to some folks later that were there, and one woman said when she saw us she just started crying."

Wesson, 51, started the organization in fall 2005 to give a voice to gay firefighters in the department's diversity trainings. It is the only official organization for gay public servants in Austin, although some members of the Austin Police Department will participate in the parade for the first time this year, Wesson said.

Since its inception, the group has focused on making the Fire Department a safe work environment for gay and lesbian firefighters. Though the group has mostly focused on advocating fair treatment on the job, it plans to eventually include community outreach.

"We want the community to know that they don't have to fear being judged by the Fire Department if they are gay and that we'll treat them with the same respect as anyone else," group member and firefighter Andrea Mote said.

Wesson said she is proud of the small strides the organization has made. The group has gained heterosexual members, has persuaded a commanding officer to ride on the fire truck in the parade this year and has persuaded the training academy to drop chants that were perceived as derogatory, Wesson said.

Despite the group's achievements, no man in the department has openly declared that he is gay for fear of mistreatment, Wesson said.

However, Wesson thinks the department is moving in the right direction.

"Sometimes people say things because they just don't know any better or they don't think before they say things," said Carie Pritchard, 31, who joined the Fire Department six years ago. "Like, how many times have heard someone say, 'That's so gay'? But now we have more people who are becoming more aware of what is said and done and who are coming to us to get those issues addressed."

Pritchard, who will lead the group next year after Wesson retires, said she thinksthe Austin Fire Department is more progressive than departments in other cities. She attended a national conference for fire departments last year, and Austin was the only city that had an organization for gay and lesbian firefighters, she said.

For now, group members say they are content with progress within the department.

"I've never had really negative experiences, and after I had my child, people kind of saw me differently. I became a person," said Aimee Floyd, who has been with the Fire Department for nine years. "I'm a mother first, then a firefighter and then a gay woman."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: downourthroats; firefighters; homosexualagenda; inourfaces; taxdollaratwork; ursogay; yougayforthis
A week ago Austin Fire Fighters saved the Texas Governor's Mansion from being destroyed by arson and each and every day fire fighters across our nation save lives and property.
1 posted on 06/14/2008 12:32:58 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: trumandogz

Gay, Inc. has busy PR office these days.


2 posted on 06/14/2008 12:35:36 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Obama's a front man. Who's behind him?)
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To: trumandogz
one woman said when she saw us she just started crying.

I would too.

3 posted on 06/14/2008 12:40:34 PM PDT by SolidWood (Refusal to vote for McCain is active support of Obama. Period.)
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To: trumandogz
after I had my child, people kind of saw me differently. I became a person

She misinterprets the respect people have for motherhood as conferring personhood on her; i.e. her focus is on herself rather than the child.

4 posted on 06/14/2008 12:40:34 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: trumandogz
I talked to some folks later that were there, and one woman said when she saw us she just started crying."

Probably not for the reason he thought she was.

5 posted on 06/14/2008 12:41:47 PM PDT by top 2 toe red ("Cackling hillary...makes her sound like she is mentally-illary." Jimmy Kimmel. "Uh...she is!" Me)
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To: SolidWood

One minute behind you...post #5....;^)


6 posted on 06/14/2008 12:43:38 PM PDT by top 2 toe red ("Cackling hillary...makes her sound like she is mentally-illary." Jimmy Kimmel. "Uh...she is!" Me)
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To: trumandogz

I really don’t understand what is wrong with this thread. Gay Firefighters just like PLAYING WITH LONG HOSES!

Ok so I can’t be writer for Letterman.


7 posted on 06/14/2008 12:43:57 PM PDT by ncfool (Hopefully we will see the birth certificate. Obama the Manchurian Candidate .)
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To: trumandogz

Reminds me of the gay firefighter in the last season of The Sopranos...


8 posted on 06/14/2008 12:44:16 PM PDT by tips up
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To: tips up

Wasn’t there a flaming firefighter on the 70s group “The Village People”?


9 posted on 06/14/2008 12:46:31 PM PDT by Baladas (n)
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To: trumandogz
That was just the highlight of my career," said Wesson

Never saved a life? Never pulled anybody out of a burning building? Never prevented somebody from losing their lifes belongings? Your 'highlight' is being queer in a parade? Sounds like a mental illness. And why do we have public assets used for propaganda trotted out to promote sexual activity? Where is the 'adultery parade' or the 'heterosexual activity day parade'??

10 posted on 06/14/2008 12:47:09 PM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 2008)
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To: Baladas

11 posted on 06/14/2008 12:49:00 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Stop the Obamanation!))))
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To: trumandogz

I don’t see the connection between a fire truck in a “gay pride” parade and the burning down of the Governor’s mansion but...whatever.


12 posted on 06/14/2008 12:50:59 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (De-Globalize yourself !)
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To: tips up

BTW-This weekend Austin is not only hosting the Gay Pride Parade but also the Republic of Texas Biker Rally which brings over 50,000 people on Harley to town!

And yes, there is a contingent of Gay Bikers.


13 posted on 06/14/2008 12:52:16 PM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Yep.


14 posted on 06/14/2008 12:55:39 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (Help control the girly-man population. Have the McCainiacs spayed or neutered.)
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To: trumandogz

15 posted on 06/14/2008 1:00:15 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: ncfool
Gay Firefighters just like PLAYING WITH LONG HOSES!

Well, not the lesbians. But even they have to admit, that fire truck has got more serious ladders then they ever saw at Home Depot...

16 posted on 06/14/2008 1:04:24 PM PDT by hunter112 (The 'straight talk express' gets the straight finger express from me.)
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To: trumandogz

The mansion WAS destroyed you shill. If the guards who are paid to watch the surveilance cameras had been doing their jobs of securing the building against treaspassers, there would not have been an arson.


17 posted on 06/14/2008 1:04:32 PM PDT by weegee (In 1988 Lenora Fulani was the 1st black woman to appear on presidential ballots in all 50 states)
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To: hunter112

Yes but the Lesbian’s love the two sided hoses and them special nozzles..


18 posted on 06/14/2008 1:18:39 PM PDT by ncfool (Hopefully we will see the birth certificate. Obama the Manchurian Candidate .)
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To: trumandogz
"That was just the highlight of my career," said Wesson, who has served in the Fire Department for 24 years and came out in 1993.

What a ca-rear.

19 posted on 06/14/2008 1:31:19 PM PDT by CWWren (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress....but I repeat myself.)
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To: trumandogz

What’s that have to do with publicly advertising perverted sex?


20 posted on 06/14/2008 1:44:26 PM PDT by Gator113 (Obama is a member of the Far Wright Conspiracy.......)
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To: bpjam

For these extreme narcissists following their “impulses” is the goal of their lives. Not being the best person they can be and perhaps helping others.
Exhibiting their self centeredness for the world to see is the ultimate highlight in life.


21 posted on 06/14/2008 1:50:30 PM PDT by smoketree (the insanity, the lunacy these days)
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To: SolidWood

Amen...God help this country. We seem to sink a little lower each day.


22 posted on 06/14/2008 1:50:49 PM PDT by Disgusted in Texas
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To: trumandogz
"BTW-This weekend Austin is not only hosting the Gay Pride Parade but also the Republic of Texas Biker Rally which brings over 50,000 people on Harley to town!" And yes, there is a contingent of Gay Bikers.

Will you be attending both parades or just the one?

23 posted on 06/14/2008 1:51:30 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Election '08, the year McCain defined the word "dilemma")
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To: trumandogz

“I ‘ave got a hosepipe,
“I ‘ave got a hosepipe,
“I ‘ave got a hosepipe,
“What shall I do wiv it?”


24 posted on 06/14/2008 1:53:14 PM PDT by RichInOC (...Benny Hill, R.I.P.)
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To: trumandogz
There pic with the article shows a girl that looks about 10 years old with the "gang".


25 posted on 06/14/2008 1:56:27 PM PDT by RushingWater (Pres. Bush honors Mexican sovereignty over our own - Pardon Ramos/Campeon/Hernandez)
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To: tips up

Dennis Leary’s show “Rescue Me” (FX) had a couple of shows devoted to the gay firefighters that were lost 9/11 and the house had a hard time believing that ‘firefighters could be that way’, with all the “You are full of it, he was married and had kids, so he was straight”.... the consensus finally figured out that being gay wasn’t bad as one “got to hang out with the guys, didn’t have to put up with a wife’s nagging, watch all the sports etc, with DL finally surmizing: BJ’s and ball games, a guys dream come true”


26 posted on 06/14/2008 2:00:54 PM PDT by xrmusn
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To: trumandogz

It doesn’t matter if 5, 10 or 100 fire trucks drive down that road in support of homosexuality, it still doesn’t change the fact it’s a sin.

Even if 99.99% accept that homosexual sex is OK, it still doesn’t change the fact it’s a sin.

They can pass laws, accuse me of hate speech, and punish me if I don’t shut up, but homosexuality is still wrong.

Doctors can claim homosexuality is normal and even use technology to counter nature. They can cure or halt the diseases and even give homosexuals children, but nature itself is unchanged. Homosexuality is still abnormal and unnatural.

Homosexuals need to do the same thing as everyone else who sins, including myself—repent, turn away from your sin, and turn to God. There’s truth and wisdom in these words for all who will have it.


27 posted on 06/14/2008 2:12:46 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Republican Who Will NOT Vote McCain!)
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To: trumandogz

Wrong....the Austin mansion was a total loss.


28 posted on 06/14/2008 2:32:12 PM PDT by moondoggie
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To: moondoggie
No, the Mansion was not total loss. If it were a total loss, they would have to tear down was was left and rebuild. Since it was not "destroyed" or a "total" loss the State of Texas can begin to restore the Mansion.

The charred Texas Governor's Mansion is structurally stable and the first steps toward restoring the 152-year-old historic icon began Thursday after arson investigators lifted their tight cordon on the crime scene.

http://www.statesman.com/search/content/region/legislature/stories/06/13/0613mansion.html

29 posted on 06/14/2008 2:44:17 PM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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To: trumandogz
No, the Mansion was not total loss. If it were a total loss, they would have to tear down was was left and rebuild.

From your link:

"And just as all the furniture and historical artifacts were out of the mansion and in storage, so were all but a few of the original windows."

That's great news.

So, the Texas Governor's Mansion will not be any less authentic than the White House.

(The interior of the White House was entirely gutted and rebuilt in 1949 - 1952.)


30 posted on 06/14/2008 2:54:46 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: RichInOC

“Stick it up the chimney”
“Stick it up the chimney”
“Stick it up the chimney”
“and put the fire out.”


31 posted on 06/16/2008 10:12:25 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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