nation's oldest advocacy group for LGBT firefighters
has likened the upcoming film I Now Pronounce You
Chuck & Larry to the real process of
coming out to coworkers.
coming-out process in the movie mirrors what I, and many of
my colleagues, have gone through on the job,"
said Mike Vissichelli, president of Fire FLAG/EMS in a
statement. "Initially we may have dealt with
disbelief, disdain, and even prejudice from our fellow
firefighters. But significantly, as in our
experiences, the film shows the process gay
firefighters go through on the job as they move toward
acceptance by their fellow firefighters."
that the Fire Department of New York's efforts have
improved to be more accommodating to its LGBT employees.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry is a
broad comedy," he said, "the reality is, there
are gay firefighters in many departments across the
country, including the FDNY." (The Advocate)
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