Gay Sailor Sues America's Cup, Alleging Homophobia - NBC Bay Area

Gay Sailor Sues America's Cup, Alleging Homophobia

A former America's Cup employee says he was fired for being gay.



    Gay Sailor Sues America's Cup, Alleging Homophobia
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    A published author and sailor who worked as a VIP boat captain for the America's Cup says he was fired and experienced discrimination for being gay, according to reports.

    The Bay Area Reporter says that Larry Jacobson filed suit against the race organizers last month after a supervisor called him a "poof" -- a derogatory term for a gay person -- and denied him future work because "people like you don't want to work like that."

    Jacobson worked for the race all summer but was discriminated against and then fired on Sept. 12 -- after he circulated copies of his book, in which he talks about sailing with his same-sex partner.

    He's seeking unspecified damages in the suit, filed March 12.

    America's Cup officials did not comment.

    David Powys, Jacobson's direct supervisor, told the newspaper that Jacobson acted inappropriately and "pushed his sexuality very hard" and "embarrassed many people on many occasions."

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