Brooke is a tall, blonde, third-generation firefighter who currently works at the Fire Department of New York and who recently came out to The New York Post as the city’s first openly transgender FDNY employee. That’s great—especially in a 11,000 person department that’s 91 percent white male. But that’s almost everything we know about Brooke. Why so much mystery around such a groundbreaking figure?
Naturally, Brooke did not want her full name published in The Post as to avoid harassment from close-minded people—understandable considering that a few of her own co-workers refer to her as “it.” We’re happy that Brooke has shared her story and showed that women and transgender people can make strong, capable firefighters as well. And if she ever comes out publicly, then we’ll really have something to get fired up about.
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Awesome! I’ve always thought that firefighters are society’s true heroes (along with paramedics and ER docs). To know that a trans person, who faces all sorts of difficulties and still manages to be themselves, is one of those heroes makes me feel like even I can do anything. Thank you, Brooke!
Get it, Brooke!
Excellent, I’ve known for years that we Trans girls are well working and even heroic people but Brooke- GO GIRL ! ! ! ! Oh and those other fire fighters whom call Brooke ‘it’, I’m quite disgusted, a respectable responsible man such as a fire fighter should have respect for everyone and speaking discriminate can only give them a bad name which is a down site on New York’s fire dept, shame on them but i hope they learn to understand. Love to you Brooke xx
Go Brooke! Kick ass! We’re all proud of you!
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