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This Italian Firefighter Is Being Disciplined For Wearing His Uniform To Pride

Officials accused Costantino Saporito of wearing his uniform "in an unprofessional and disrespectful manner."

Italian firefighter Costantino Saporito is facing a disciplinary hearing after showing up to Rome Pride in his uniform.

Saporito, a straight ally, attended the celebration in June with with UBS, an Italian service worker’s union. In the photo below, he’s seen holding a sign that reads “My freedom protects yours.”

Constantino Saporito | HuffPost Italy

Weeks later Saporito received a disciplinary letter from his supervisor, accusing him of “portraying [the firefighter] uniform in an unprofessional and disrespectful manner,” he told HuffPost Italy.

Now, Saporito is facing a hearing for wearing his uniform without authorization.

Rome’s LGBT community has come out in support of Saporito, and global LGBT advocacy group All Out started a petition urging the Italian National Fire Corps not to fire him. So far it’s garnered more than 41,000 signatures.

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