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Friday, November 4, 2011

Aruba Tommy was Jessie Jackson's Travel "Assistent"

Aruba Tommy was Jessie Jackson's Travel "Assistent" and now he is spilling the beans on jessie jackson.

Gay ex-employee alleges sexual harassment, bias by Rev. Jackson and staff.

A former employee of civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. has filed a discrimination complaint with Chicago's Commission on Human Rights, alleging that he was harassed by colleagues and by Jackson himself, and was terminated from his job at Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition based on his sexual orientation.

The complaint was filed against Jackson and Rainbow PUSH in early 2010 by Tommy R. Bennett, 55, an openly gay Chicago man who is known for past appearances on The Tom Joyner Morning Show where fans know him as "Aruba Tommy."

In the complaint, Bennett describes what he calls "demeaning and demoralizing tasks" that he was asked to perform as part of his duties for PUSH -- everything from escorting women to and from Jackson's hotel room and cleaning up after sexual intercourse, to fetching erectile dysfunction pills for Jackson and, in one instance, being asked to apply ointment to a rash on Jackson's inner thigh. He was asked to do these things, he says, because of his gender and his sexual orientation.

"They asked me to travel with the Reverend for just a couple of weeks, and that turned into a year," Bennett said in an interview with theGrio. "I would never apply for a job to pack his clothes, clean up the hotel room after he met different folks there, buy his underclothes. [But] I tried my best because I loved serving the community, and before my feelings, I put the community first.

(You won't hear about jessie jackson's gay travel boy on the national news but you do hear talk about allegations about Herman Cain.)

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