This week read about North Carolina's Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson calling the LGBT community "filth," and Former California Officer Jay Brome winning a lawsuit for enduring homophobic abuse at his workplace.
Lt. Governor Calls LGBT Community ‘Filth’
On Oct. 7, Sen. Jeff Jackson posted a video of North Carolina's Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson in a church calling the LGBT community “filth” and called for his resignation.
"There's no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth," Robinson said. "And yes, I called it filth, and if you don't like that I called it filth, come see me and I'll explain it to you.”
“These words are repugnant and offensive,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement Oct. 8, according to USA Today. “The role of a leader is to bring people together and stand up for the dignity and rights of everyone; not to spread hate and undermine their own office.”
Robinson said his comments were misrepresented by "the media and the left" and that he did not want his comments to be misconstrued as “hate.”
After calls for his resignation, Robinson made a post on Facebook stating his refusal to step down.
"I will not be silenced … I will continue to fight for the rights of our children to receive an education that is free from sexual concepts that do not belong in the classroom,” he said.
Former Officer Sues Over Anti-Gay Abuse; Wins $2.2 Million
Photo via CHP San Francisco, Facebook.
Former California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Jay Brome filed a lawsuit against the CHP in California’s Solano County. The suit was spurred by the homophobic treatment that Brome endured while working there.
Brome was a CHP officer from 1996 to 2015 when he took medical leave, citing the stress that the homophobia caused him. He said the discrimination began when he was training at the police academy but continued through his time with the CHP, the Advocate reported.
In the lawsuit, Brome said that during his time at the academy, one cadet aimed a training gun at him and said, “I know you’re gay, tell me you’re gay or I’ll pull the trigger.” Brome also noted the use of homophobic slurs against him.
Brome filed the lawsuit in 2016, but two years later a judge dismissed it and explained it passed the statute of limitations. After an appeal, the suit was reinstated. The case was about to go to court in July but Brome and the CHP agreed on a settlement.
Brome just received a settlement of $2.2 million.
“I feel that I won justice,” Brome said.