Gays and Lesbians Allege Bias, Sue New York Police

Claiming that the New York City Police Department did not treat an organization of gay law enforcement workers equally to other fraternal organizations, gay and lesbian police officers filed suit Tuesday (4-2) against the Department. The complaint, led by GOAL, the Gay Officers’ Action League says the Police Department discriminated against the group by refusing to allow use of a Department van during last year’s Gay and Lesbian Pride March.

The department’s marching band was told it could not participate in the march. GOAL also says the Police Department violated constitutional guarantees when it refused the league permission to hold a ceremony and display at headquarters to honor the contributions of gay police officers. Police officials have refused to comment on the suit which seeks an injunction against the Department and monetary damages.


The New York Times - April 4, 1996

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