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[amazon_link asins=’B07567F49M’ template=’ProductAdRight’ store=’ourqueerstories-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3608011f-ae20-11e7-b175-07f97792aa0d’]I Will no longer be a victim of hate and racism and discrimination. Or so I thought my thinking during my darkest hours where always would my job accept me or would I lose everything I held dear see being gay isn’t easy In a work place you get fired for just looking and company’s discriminate even though they say they don’t it’s been a rough road and a tough road my story began when I was 16 yrs old working for a local KFC what I found out was shocking and made it so I can’t eat there anymore mice and rats in the deep fryer recycling chicken out of the garbage you name it they violated health code to do it.
My only friend was a young lesbian girl named Sarah we became fast friends about 1 month into my job they laid her off management basically held a meeting there excuse was we are a family restaurant we serve family’s only if you are gay you are not a family but a sinner and whore. So I quit and so did Sarah the manager looked at me and yelled faggot lover and I said better to be one and love a fag then be you. Not my most brightest moment but I was proud of myself however for the next 6 years was terrible I couldn’t find a job because KFC decided to label me and Sarah drug dealers which we where not and have never done or sold drugs it stopped us both from getting hired. But I never gave up I finally got a job at northwest center Pacific laundry division a company designed to help disabled people find work but I noticed again very disgusting behavior they went on tv and lied on tv we hire disable workers everyday they brought out this one disabled boy from a back room where they hide there disabled staff members and placed him on the conveyer belt to look good in front of the media made me sick I started to notice a disturbing trend while working there. I noticed the assistant manager kept getting manager’s fired from there posistions I was worried 2016 came around I was just getting involved with my boyfriend my fox the assistant manager just got another manager fired her 5 th one that year. I also noticed she fired trans and gay people sighting we are a family company. When she hired a black woman and came into the lunch room and asked hey did you guys see the new ni**er I hired today but if it was a person of her own race she would learn there name. I was heading for my last week at northwest center Pacific laundry division. After my fox offered me a job I came in to a white paper on the door with lay-offs 19 people all white and gay she decided we where worthless because we where gay and white but she was already interviewing more of her kind and decided to discriminate. My last day. I was shocked her mouth my god I went in set down my time card and said bye she said were not laying you off just the faggots to which I replied your looking at one hoe and walked out the best choice of my life.
Discrimination happens stay strong know your rights fight back .