Transgender officer fired in Connecticut


New Pittsburgh Courier

Francesca QuarantaIn this June 16, 2014 photo, former Middletown Police Officer Francesca Quaranta poses for a photo in her Newington, Conn., home. (AP Photo/The Middletown Press, Catherine Avalone)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When Francesca Quaranta told her fellow police officers in 2012 that she was transgender, she said it began a long and harsh career decline that included discrimination and harassment and culminated with her firing last week.

Quaranta, 47, believes her case against the city of Middletown will end up in federal or state court and hopes she will be awarded monetary damages for the alleged discrimination and loss of her law enforcement career.

“They made my life a living hell and nightmare to create the situation we’re in today. The system totally failed me and it has completely destroyed my life,” Quaranta said Monday. “I never should have told them. I was naive to think they would adjust.”

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