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One of the many misconceptions about LGBT people that others don’t seem to understand is we live our lives just like anyone else. We get up in the morning, have breakfast, shower, get dressed and go to work. As children, boys think of becoming fire fighters, police officers, and soldiers and girls dream of becoming nurses or teachers. Okay, sometimes it’s the reverse but that’s okay too. As children many of us had a dream of the future.

That dream includes serving our country as so many of us have done and done proudly and with distinction. Being a gay, lesbian or transgender person doesn’t change that. Many of us are in the police, are fire firefighters or are serving proudly in our country’s military. I’m posting this on September 11, 2011 and this date is the 10 year anniversary of the infamous 9/11 attack on the United States.

Why am I talking about 9/11 on a LGBT blog? I’m talking about this because we were there. Here are the numbers: 2,606 died in the towers and on the ground, and a further 125 were killed at the Pentagon of which 55 were military personnel. 411 emergency workers including fire fighters, police, paramedics and EMTs died when the towers collapsed. I know, these are just numbers but you’ll have to remember that these numbers represent real people of different races, sexes, orientations and gender identities.

Yes, I said orientations and gender identities because we were there. We were there as workers in the World Trade Center’s two towers and we were there amongst the emergency workers and we may have been included in the numbers at the pentagon. We were there and died just like all those other people. This is a sad day but it’s a time that we should recognize those heroes who gave their lives in service to others. Actually we should do this all the time but days should be put aside to remember them and September 11 needs to be one. We have days to remember those military members who gave the ultimate sacrifice to preserve freedom and we need to do the same for other heroes.

We really need to stress that among those who gave their lives for others were members of the LGBT community. We were there with them. Hate-groups like to give people the impression that we’re all deviants who’s only goal is to make straight people gay or who pray on children in order to make them gay too. That is garbage and we need to say so. We also need to yell at the top of our voices that we’re just like everyone else in our day-to-day activities. And, on days like this, we have to point out that the heroes we remember include gays, lesbians and transgender people who also gave their all alongside their comrades and they did this for us.

Please remember them,



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