An employee of the Ohio
Department of Public Safety was scolded by her boss after she
forwarded an e-mail promoting a gay film festival in Columbus.
Tina O'Grady, administrator of the Ohio Traffic Safety
Office, was asked to meet with Ohio Department of Public Safety
director Henry Guzman after some of her coworkers complained
about the contents of the e-mail. The e-mail, which she sent as
an "FYI," advertised the Out@Wex Film Festival presented by
the Wexner Center for the Arts.
In particular, reports
, her coworkers were offended by the description of
Otto, or Up With Dead People,
an "art-porn provocation" by director Bruce La Bruce
that "depicts an explosion of cannibalistic,
sodomy-seeking zombies in Berlin."
O'Grady is a member
of the public-safety agency's cultural competency initiative,
which includes fostering respect toward LGBT employees as one
of its goals.
A spokesman for the
Ohio Department of Public Safety said that Guzman spoke with
O'Grady about her "lack of judgment" in forwarding the