1. andrew says

    Its always good to hear that one of our own is out there on the front lines, whether in the military or domestic police, defending us and helping to preserve our American freedoms.

  2. David Hearne says

    Let the parade begin: victims, martyrs, heros and gays. Predictable. Mathematical. Tiresome.

  3. ratbastard says

    Nice. Never heard of the man, but I’ve never felt I needed a special liaison to BPD. But this is a cool angle to the story.

  4. Bart says

    Nicely, handled. Like how you explained the focus on the gay officer while still being respectful of all first responders.

  5. says

    I’m sorry, but being gay did not make the man do his job,he was qualified. I’m tired of people being identified by their sexual preference unless it’s an important part of the story… it’s not. I am thankful for all peoples who helped,gay or straight!

  6. says

    @Jerry: No one is saying his sexuality made him more qualified for his job than a straight person. Nor did it overlook all the other people that helped out during and after the bombing. This article is just pointing out that there are more gay people joining the police, fire and medical emergency fields, helping others in need, and bringing more positive visibility to the gay community.

  7. says

    its’ also pointing out, justifiably, that people whom the still-bigoted percentage of the population choose to have prejudice and hatred toward are out there, doing their jobs, saving lives, and indeed PROTECTING AMERICA.

    it seems silly highlight that this person was gay, until you realize that this person’s sexual orientation leaves him open to discrimination in most States, and the denial of rights, freedoms, benefits, etc.

    his being gay is not “what makes it important” – what makes it important is that his being gay is the reason that many in the country would choose to harbour disdain for him and promote discrimination against him – despite the evidence right here that his being gay doens’t mean he’s not capable of doing his job in an exemplary manner.

  8. Gregoire says

    Meanwhile, I just read a piece about the 78 year old man who just ran a marathon and got knocked off his feet — and some people were criticizing him for not helping out with survivors. UGH! Disasters really bring out the faceless idiots.

  9. says

    Well-written post. Like others have said, I think that it did a good job of pointing out an interesting detail of one of the officers while still being respectful of the other emergency responders. This one again shows that gays and lesbians are all around us…

  10. jaragon says

    In this often homophobic world we live in it’s important to single out gay men and women who act in a positive matter.

  11. Kevin says

    What a great response. I have a friend who was one of the runners and she told me about how generous the people of Boston are. Despite the terrible circumstance, we saw a lot of the good people are capable that.

    That said, I don’ like the photograph. It looks like they are trampling the poor woman on the ground.

  12. Gaiboi says

    Our visibility is vital in situations such as these. Because we are often depicted, by those who don’t think they’ve ever seen or known any lgbt people in their communities (however unlikely that is) this can be a wonderful chance for education to them. I believe I read that this officers spouse was on the scene during 911 and aided people who needed help when the twin towers was being evacuated.

    To the above poster who thought it was appropriate to *yawn* during this news-story, might learn something about supporting good lgbt people who make a difference in the lives of others, whether or not it’s visible.

    But then again, maybe you’re much more comfortable allowing the right-wing crackpots to demonize us and portray us as the monster’s it sounds like you are.

  13. Francis #1 says

    Thank you Jack for bringing up Mark Bingham. We live in a world where the majority of heterosexuals think less of us because of who we are—so it is absolutely important to point out the fact that LGBT people are just as capable of heroism, being brave, being strong and being upstanding citizens.

    Thank you to Javier and all of the heroes in Boston who saved countless number of lives.

  14. DALI says

    So a gay police officer ends up in a famous photo and all of sudden he’s a national hero?

    Get over yourselves you pompous…!

    He’s no more of a hero than those girls and guys who removed their clothing to create tourniquets on those poor victimes limbs.


  15. johnny says


    He’s not a national hero, he’s simply a hero (as are all of the people who helped) who happens to be gay. You might want to remember that this is a gay-oriented blog, so it’s extremely relevant to this blog’s targeted audience. We’re proud of him (and the rest of the first responders), even if you are not.

    The person on the ground is a man, not a woman. What I found a little disconcerting (in the many videos) is how many responders ran right by him without even looking at or helping him.

  16. DALI says


    Thanks for your calm and peaceful response. I know that this is a “gay-oriented blog” as I am a gay man myself. However the fact that some gay persons are part of “the news” shouldn’t make us be complacent about it.

    I don’t recall reading about “heros” in this blog other than the gay ones. That’s all.


  17. David Hearne says

    Mikey – You appear to be unaware of the practice of Kiwi and perhaps some others here who post under the names of other people with whom they disagree.

    I made no comment on this article. However, if I had it would be that to make a big deal of this officer being gay would appear vain of us.

    We already live in a world of identity politics in which the first thing people do is look for a racial angle and can’t be convinced otherwise, ie Trayvon Martin.

    Look at the idiots here who are speculating that the bombing was done by “teabaggers” or “white supremacists”. Really? Based on what exactly? Look at these morons jump through hoops to superstitiously hope to deflect from the obvious.

  18. David Hearne says

    All this being said, the cops in the photo look like they are in the roller derby.

  19. Doug says

    I don’t feel listing one’s sexual orientation is always necessary, especially in stories like this. We would all think it was odd if the article had read “Straight officer among those to immediately respond” and some would have probably even complained about it. I am gay, but sometimes just being a caring human overrides that fact.

  20. Carlton says

    I think it is great to share this angle – so much of our history is gaywashed away. If we don’t talk about our own accomplishments and heroes, the rest of history will ignore us.

  21. says

    Yes,our orientation should be mentioned; we spent years and years being condemned, threatened with quarantine, despised, outlawed, barred from clubs and jobs…….being beaten up and dying.

    let’s publish how honourable we are, what great Dads we make and what we have contributed to all of society.

  22. redball says

    Absolutely our orientation should be mentioned in stories like this.

    This is a society whose dominant narrative is that we do not exist and if we do we are less than. Or haven’t you noticed, you naysayers posting here?

    We are continually erased so we need to stand up and say We Are Here!