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Atlanta Man Calls for Rally for Equality After Official Hurls Anti-Gay Comment

Atlanta Man Calls for Rally for Equality After Official Hurls Anti-Gay Comment

Corey Punzi said he was called a "sissy" at a meeting with Riverdale, Ga., official.

Published May 27, 2015

A gay man in Atlanta is calling for residents to join him in a rally for equality in the Atlanta area on May 28 at 7 p.m. EDT at Riverdale City Hall.

Corey Punzi says that he faced anti-gay discrimination at his job in the city of Riverdale after his boss hurled homophobic insults at him during a meeting.

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"He was chastising me initially for my usage of vocabulary. It escalated from there," Punzi said. "He told me that I was being pouty like a girl, then he said, 'Don't come in here acting like a sissy.' And I was like where was all of this coming from? It was very aggressive."

Punzi, 40, works in the city's cultural affairs department as a marketing and event specialist. He is currently on unpaid leave from his job and has filed a complaint with the EEOC.

He has also started the organization Superfluous Sissy to bring attention to his and other cases of workplace discrimination. Supporters of his movement can donate to his GoFundMe fundraiser.

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Written by BET-Staff

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