A former FDNY firefighter from Queens, has filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was savagely hazed by colleagues.
The lawsuit claims Michael Troina “was singled out time and time again on account of his race and national origin as a Hispanic American male as well as perceived homosexuality . . . [and] was further threatened with physical violence if he dared to report any incident of battery, harassment or discrimination to the FDNY’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office,”
Troina said his colleagues “tried to coerce” him go to a strip club and “regularly harassed him by encouraging him to have sex with a stripper.” When he refused, he was called “faggot” and “loser,” the suit claims.
Other abuse alleged in Manhattan court papers included:
Being forced to “eat orange juice” with a fork from 12 different plates and then wash the plates.
Being told “he could not do the job like the other white firefighters” because he is Hispanic.
Being called a “closet homo.”
Being excluded from a firehouse volleyball outing, where he was later told he was denigrated with homophobic insults.
The lawsuit states that Troina told a lieutenant about the “degrading and discriminatory incident” but the supervisor told him it was “in good fun and to not take it too hard.”
“At first I sloughed it off as ‘I’m the new guy.’ As it kept going on, it got worse,” said Troina.
Michael Troina was fired on Dec. 21, 2016, just seven days before he would have completed probation. The FDNY insists he was canned after a “failed evaluation.”
The lawsuit, brought by attorney Paul Liggieri, seeks unspecified damages. It names the city, the FDNY, nine firefighters, three lieutenants, two chiefs and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro as defendants.
Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters has been fired, following a two-month investigation of the marching band’s hazing and blatant homophobic conduct that was going on among its members.
According to the report,published by Deadspin, band members kept a booklet that included the lyrics to the anti-gay “parody” “fight songs” they wrote.
This one is called “Proud to be a Homosexual”. Set to the tune of “God Bless the USA”, the chorus reads:
And I”m proud to be a homosexual, Where at least I can run free. And I won’t forget the fags with AIDS, Who gave that right to me. And I’ll gladly bend over,and spread my cheeks, So you may sodomize me.
Then we have the poetic, “Pieces of Baritone Shit”
Bite my ass and lick my balls you mother fucking queers,
Get on your knees and tell me how the megaphone fits up your mother-fucking ass YOU GAY FAGS!
Lick my balls and lube up your ass,
Anal sex gives you nasty gas.
Fuck you, you big gay fags.
You pieces of Baritone shit!
The report also reveals the nicknames given to underclassmen, almost all inspired directly by sexual acts. A female student “pretending to be a vibrating sex toy” was named “E Row Vibrator”; a male student “conducting a full-body demonstration of a flaccid penis becoming erect” was “Jizzy.”
Other names given to students included “Jewoobs,” “Squirt,” “Testicles,” “Twat Thumper,” and “Twinkle Dick.”
Of all the places to experience homophobia–marching band? They come in right behind Drama Club and Glee Chorus as being the gay clubs on campus.
Whatever happened to just playing bad renditions of the “Star Wars” theme and getting drunk?
26-year-old drum major Robert Champion Jr collapsed aboard a band bus after A&M University biggest game of the year on November 19th, 2011. And was dead within the hour
The medical examiner’s report describes a horrific night, involving “multiple blunt trauma blows to his body.” Police ruled the death a homicide from hazing.
However, the recent revelation by the parents of Robert Champion Jr. that their son was gay has added a new twist. Prompting the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s largest Black LGBT civil rights organization, to call on theU.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service and Civil Rights Division as well as the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to launch an investigation into the slaying as a potential anti-gay hate crime.
Sharon Lettman-Hicks, the head of the NBJC, said, “Anti-gay violence is not only a civil rights issue; it is a Black issue. It is a Black issue because violence against gay and transgender individuals is disproportionately affecting our Black youth. The civil rights community can no longer stand on the sidelines while our sons and daughters continue to suffer in silence. Mr. Champion is one of our own and his death will not be in vain.”