03/07/2013 11:03 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Matt Staniszeweski, Pennsylvania City Councilman, Reprimanded For 'Gay' Email

A Pennsylvania city councilman is feeling the heat after allegedly sending a test email calling a friend "gay" over a citywide transit alert system.

Councilman Matt Staniszeweski of Washington, Pa. reportedly sent out an email alert that read, “Alert: This is an [sic] test. Brian is gay,” according to KDKA.

Staniszeweski was quickly reprimanded by Washington Mayor Brenda Davis, calling the remark "inappropriate" and "not very professional," the Observer-Reporter notes.

Though he did not deny sending the email, Staniszeweski released a statement in which he noted, "It's offensive and unprofessional for the Mayor to assume one definition of the word when there are multiple definitions."

Interestingly, Davis also responded to Staniszeweski's claim. "His response was that he sent it out and it wasn’t him saying Brian is gay. He said gay means happy,” Davis is quoted by WPXI as saying. “Maybe in the 1950s that’s what it meant, but we are in a new era now and that doesn’t represent the City of Washington.”

Late-night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at Staniszeweski's email debacle on his talk show.



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