A prospective NY firefighter sues after he was fired — a week from becoming a full-fledged member of the force. Plus: A first look at Malek as Freddy Mercury!
Where’s the Fire?
The New York fire department is facing a lawsuit filed by former firefighter recruit Michael Troina, who claimed he was bullied and harassed based on his sexual orientation and race.
Troina, 25, claims his FDNY colleagues called him “a closet homo,” goaded him to go to strip clubs and to have sex with a stripper to prove his manhood, and told him that because he’s hispanic, he couldn’t do the job like the white firefighters.
The list of grievances goes on and on, according to a story in The New York Post, and are alleged to have occurred between 2015 and 2016 — before he was fired as a “probe” from Ladder Co. 1/Engine Co. 7 in Tribeca. a mere seven days before he would have completed probation. The Department will only say he was terminated after a “failed evaluation.”
Troina says that when he reported the incidents to supervisors, they told him to “not take it too hard.”
Submitted on Troina’s behalf, attorney Paul Liggieri’s filing names a variety of defendants, including New York City, the FDNY, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, three lieutenants, two chiefs, and nine firefighters. The suit says Troina told lieutenants about the harassment and that is why he was fired in December 2016.
As Liggieri told WCBS, “They made my client the pariah of the firehouse, and instead of acting like firefighters, they acted like fifth graders, doing nothing but discriminating against him on account of a perceived sexual orientation — which is certainly covered under the New York City law.”
The showbiz bible Variety reports that the director of Love, Simon isn’t anywhere near finished bringing gay characters to the screen.
Among producer Greg Berlanti’s upcoming projects: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, which focuses on the life of a 17th century British Lord who was bisexual.
The film will adapt Mackenzi Lee’s novel of the same name, published nearly a year ago by Harper/Collins, the book centers an 17th century bisexual British Lord who embarks on an adventure with the object of his affections (who’s also his best friend) and his sister. Rave reviews greeted Lee’s novel and landed him a spot on several lists of the “Best books of 2017.” Lee also confirms that there will be a sequel.
This Will, This Will … Rock You!
A few weeks ago, we were treated to the first images of Rami Malek as Freddy Mercury in the new biopic on the late gay rock icon. Now we’ve got the trailer for you, and yikes: It’s better than we could have imagined. Check it out!
Last modified: May 18, 2018