From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Stephen Borders, presidents of the Atlanta Professional Firefighters union, said the union has not officially filed complaints over the matter, but he has heard from a number of employees about the book. Borders said the fire department has few, if any, openly gay firefighters.
“Even the employees that reach out to us don’t want us to be involved in their complaint because they are afraid it will get out to their officers and their chief and they will be labeled and outed just by being concerned about how they’re treated,” he said.
Borders said he hopes the controversy leads to a support group or office that works with employees who fear discrimination based on sexual orientation or religious views.
“He can have whatever beliefs he wants, but the fact that he’s representing himself as a fire chief and bringing this into the fire department, to me that’s not the message we need to send to employees nor the citizens.”