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Gay pride in NSW police

Gay pride in NSW police

When flaunting is the opposite of pride to many.

Outing one’s homosexual proclivities is not without consequence, it never was. The public forum is not pleased to be pushed on such a matter that most believe should be private, relegated to the bedrooms of its practitioners. The same place sex toys and porno is enjoyed and explored by hetero couples.

NSW Police investigated a group of gay police officers for drug use based on a complaint they had “loose morals” and were “promiscuous”, a Sydney court has heard. Three serving officers, Chris Sheehy, Steven Rapisarda, Shane Housego and former officer Christian McDonald are seeking compensation and an apology from NSW Police, arguing the complaint was false and homophobic.

Source: ABC

Gay police officers hit with drug tests after claims of ‘promiscuity, guilt by association’

They allege in 2015 they were targeted by a professional standards command internal inquiry into drug use because of their sexuality.

The six-month investigation, which included drug testing, later cleared the four men and all have said they do not take drugs.

They alleged their treatment was the result of a homophobic culture fostered by senior management at Newtown Police Station.

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard the complaint was authored by an as-yet undisclosed superior police officer.

However counsel for the men, Brett Eurell, told the tribunal his clients believed the men’s superior, then superintendent Simon Hardman, authored the complaint which prompted the investigation.

Reading from the partially redacted complaint, Mr Eurell said the men were falsely accused of being “notorious for their promiscuity” and that “drug use is thought to be fundamental in such indiscriminate sexual encounters”.

“They frequent the Stonewall Hotel. Stonewall is a gay venue,” the document was quoted.

“At best it is guilt by association based upon the anecdotal group’s loose morals and reckless behaviours.”

Police fight to keep name confidential

Lawyers for NSW Police confirmed the document was the original complaint but vigorously fought to keep the identity of the superior officer secret.

However, the tribunal ruled the identity of the author should be made public at a later date.

NSW Police lawyers had argued the redaction would protect the complainant against reprisals.

JJ Fernon SC for the police rejected claims the complaint was malicious because it was “just a document that reasonable people can interpret”.

The allegations of discrimination appear to contradict the police force’s own strategy to support sexually diverse communities with the aim of creating inclusive and respectful workplaces.

The hearing continues.

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  • Penguinte 11/10/2017, 7:06 am

    So, PC doesn’t mean police constable? I’d say they’ve won this case. Everyone has the right to the presumption of innocence. On the surface, seems Mr Hardman acted out of malice?

    • Joe Blogs 11/10/2017, 8:06 am

      Until this, the accused all thought a Hard man was good to find.

  • The Jeweller 11/10/2017, 9:36 am


    Some words and their meaning part company.

    Gay is perhaps colourful, bright, happy, festive, transient, occasional fun etc

    As as aside ……
    Should I be proud of the fact that I was born perfectly normal (allowing for some occasional insanity).?

    Should Lorraine (May call you Lozza?) be proud tgat she is witty and incisive?

    I suppose, logically, that when nature has not fulfilled its promise to you, then despite tbe profound fact tthat words and meaning have unquestionably parted compzny, they are all you have got.

    Pride as a word invokes a sense of achievement. Like feel8ng good that your son or daughter has passed her exams.

    Police Pride. I can dig it. ANZAC pride. Nurse pride. Yeah. The words go together well. ACHIEVEMENT, Service and reward and recognition. Damn Straight.

    Gay police pride. Is it the homosexual part that invokes pride? As in Gay Pride. And what should the recognitiin and reward be?

    No matter. Words and meaning have parted company.

    First kill tge lawyers …. then the language …. shakespeare and Orwell were onto it.

    Gay pride indeed

    • Greg 11/10/2017, 9:54 am

      A sparkling comment, Jeweller. It had a nice ring to it. I will watch out for more comments.

  • Finn 11/10/2017, 12:28 pm

    Same as Newspeak in communist China. Several millions lifted out of extreme poverty in China by the stroke of a pen. The bureau simply re-defined extreme poverty to mean below $1:80 per month (or week)(?)

    In the bad old days (last month) you were in extreme poverty if you were below $4:00.

    Millions now longer in poverty bc they are above $1:80


    huzzah, I say……. huzza

    • Penguinte 11/10/2017, 4:41 pm

      Same method as we manipulate the unemployment figures!

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