(Photo: Jay Brome)
A former California Highway Patrol officer says his coworkers made his life miserable on the job because he’s gay, and he’s now suing the CHP for discrimination, reports The Advocate.
Jay Brome, who was a CHP officer from 1996 until 2015, when he took leave due to medical stress, told The Sacramento Bee the homophobic harassment began when he was in the police academy and continued throughout his career.
“There was bullying or name-calling – ‘fag,’ ‘gay,’’’ Brome said. “I had an instructor that told me … to take my skirt off and start acting like a man.”
At one point at the academy, according to his lawsuit, a fellow cadet aimed a training gun at his head and said, “I know you’re gay, tell me you’re gay or I’ll pull the trigger.”
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