Gay Cop Told to ‘Tone Down His Gayness’ to Get a Promotion

Gay Cop Told to ‘Tone Down His Gayness’ to Get a Promotion

Be first to like this.
Translate this Story and earn Hornet Points!

Sgt. Keith Wildhaber, a gay cop in St. Louis with 22 years of experience on the force, is suing the department for anti-gay discrimination. He claims a member of the police board told him that if he wanted to get promoted, he’d have to “tone down” his “gayness.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that during a routine check of a restaurant in 2014, Wildhaber visited with its owner, who was a member of the department’s civilian police board at the time.

That restaurant owner allegedly told Wildhaber, “The command staff has a problem with your sexuality. If you ever want to see a white shirt [i.e. get a promotion], you should tone down your gayness.”

Of course, the restaurant owner has now said, “I never had a conversation like that. I would never say anything like that. That’s not me.”

Wildhaber was repeatedly passed up for promotions despite having excellent performance reviews. He won a medal of valor in 1998 for saving someone from a burning car.

 

(Header image via)

Related Stories

We've Rounded Up Some of Our Favorite LGBTQ Etsy Shops and Artists
This Hunky Guy Uses Books to Create Amazing, Nerdtastic Art on His Instagram
Lucille Ball Used Poppers, Says Forensic Pathologist in This 'Autopsy' Episode
Well, We Found the Bizarre and Dangerous Intersection of White Supremacy and 'My Little Pony'
Quantcast