Openly Gay Boston PD Officer Makes The Cover Of Sports Illustrated

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    Apr 17, 2013 4:30 AM GMT
    I'm really not sure this should be news but I hope, if nothing else, it shows others that being gay IS normal and we're all just like the 'guy down the street'.

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    http://www.thegailygrind.com/2013/04/16/openly-gay-boston-pd-officer-makes-the-cover-of-sports-illustrated-in-iconic-boston-marathon-bombing-photo/
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    Apr 17, 2013 5:33 AM GMT
    when you click on the link:


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    it so reminded me of this:


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    Apr 17, 2013 12:51 PM GMT
    Apparition saidwhen you click on the link:


    timthumb.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thegai


    it so reminded me of this:


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    But add the cop doughnut factor.
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    Apr 17, 2013 1:28 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting this article.

    I don't think there is anything wrong with pointing out the human interests stories that surround an event like this.

    I don't think they should eclipse the real story, but we are certainly able to digest more than one aspect of the story.

    In light of all the recent activities in the news surrounding gay marriage, the fact that this is an openly gay and married police officer is interesting. It is also interesting that both he and his husband Pedro who is a retired NYPD sergeant helped rescue victims from the World Trade Center on 9/11.

    That it also helps to showcase a side of the community that is the antithesis of what our detractors would have the world believe is simply a plus.


    eb925guy saidI'm really not sure this should be news but I hope, if nothing else, it shows others that being gay IS normal and we're all just like the 'guy down the street'.
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    Apr 17, 2013 9:21 PM GMT
    creyente saidThat it also helps to showcase a side of the community that is the antithesis of what our detractors would have the world believe is simply a plus.

    I thought this also. I think more stories showing the public that we (gays) are doing the very same thing others (str8s) are doing help to solidify our inclusion in society as equal to everyone else regardless of sexuality.
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    Apr 17, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
    If it's normal then why does he have to be labeled gay as if it's different? icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 17, 2013 10:21 PM GMT
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    Apr 17, 2013 10:33 PM GMT
    i think about where i could be headed in the coming year and how going home should be the opposite of that and i see the street that i have been on a thousand times looking like a war zone. i cant even put into words the feeling that gives me. its nothing i have ever felt before.
    i dont think its a problem to say that a gay cop did something heroic. every community embraces when one of their own does something to inspire others and show them they can also be whatever they want. i just dont like that gay guys get to claim his achievement as their own. i dont know if anyone is doing that but i sort of feel like more than hes gay hes my neighbor and someone who protects me when im home and you know also used to fuck with me when i was younger...not the same cop, but maybe a friend of the one who arrested me when i was too fucking stupid to make good choices and dropped charges in exchange for me joining the military. the same police force that i can say gave me a chance to better myself instead of just filing me through the system.
    so im glad hes on the cover and im heartbroken for my home but for a whole slew of reason that dont really have to do anything with being gay.
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    Apr 17, 2013 11:57 PM GMT
    is it the bear or the other dude that is the gay one?
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    Apr 18, 2013 12:11 AM GMT
    Montague saidIf it's normal then why does he have to be labeled gay as if it's different? icon_wink.gif


    It is normal, yet we as gay men always have to remember that we are a minority and therefore different to most people. Now this isnt a bad thing just a fact and if it helps our cause for various news services to point out that difference and that we are , well some of us anyway, working together with straight people to better society all the better.

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    Apr 18, 2013 12:31 AM GMT
    It's good for all those 40's + readers of S.I. to have a reference to ordinary guys who just happen to be gay. It is human interest, and they're not just going to have only tragedy/in-memoriam pieces in their mag.
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    Apr 18, 2013 12:17 PM GMT
    While it would be great to actually be at that point in society, we're not quite there yet.

    Many people assume someone is straight unless they have reason to believe otherwise. This is why it is important for LGBT individuals to be visible if and when they can be. Some don't have an option, and this is understandable.

    This guy did not go looking to be a gay hero. He simply lived his life as an openly gay man and the media took notice.

    Someone obviously thought his story was interesting, not only because he was gay but also because this is the second major terrorist threat that this guy and his lover have worked.

    Montague saidIf it's normal then why does he have to be labeled gay as if it's different? icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 18, 2013 12:39 PM GMT
    Proud of him. Equally proud of all of Boston's finest.
    A nice side bar to remind us that Gkbt folks serve, protect and defend.
    But not news.
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    Apr 18, 2013 2:44 PM GMT
    Montague saidIf it's normal then why does he have to be labeled gay as if it's different? icon_wink.gif



    Explain how different is not normal. icon_wink.gif

    A tall blue eyed woman and a short dark haired man are quite different, and both normal.

    Here's an analogy, if that woman became president we would make note of it and celebrate it as an example of a woman achieving equality in a traditionally old boys' club.

    Obama is a man of colour, which is rather normal. He made President, which made the whole world look at the US, which had been historically mired in racism, both subtle and overt. It was a cause for celebration as it proved an equality on a very grand scale.

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    Apr 18, 2013 2:52 PM GMT
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    creyente saidThat it also helps to showcase a side of the community that is the antithesis of what our detractors would have the world believe is simply a plus.

    I thought this also. I think more stories showing the public that we (gays) are doing the very same thing others (str8s) are doing help to solidify our inclusion in society as equal to everyone else regardless of sexuality.

    Agree. It was this very thing that brought me out. A gay guy emailing to me that effeminate gay stereotypes were mistaken, that gay men could be football players, truck drivers, construction workers, soldiers, police, firefighters...

    Maybe this image will help to destroy some of those stereotypes among our detractors & political opponents, and also help some confused gays to recognize & accept their orientation. What's becoming apparent in the ongoing revolution of favorable public opinion about gays is that straights are saying that it's personally KNOWING a gay person that's changed their minds. Pictures like these could be mind-changers, too.