Officer In Iconic Boston Marathon Photo Is Openly Gay Liason To LGBT Community

It’s hard to imagine exactly what you’d do in a situation similar to the events that unfolded at yesterday’s Boston Marathon. But first-hand accounts detailing the quick reactions of first responders and compassionate passers-by have proven what media outlets across the globe have assured us since yesterday: Boston is a tough city, and Bostonions will prevail.

We may never know exactly how many of yesterday’s first responders were members of the LGBT community, but according to Boston Pride, one of the police officers appearing in the iconic photo taken by The Boston Globe‘s John Tlumacki, isn’t just openly gay, he’s the Boston Police Department’s liaison to the LGBT community.


Javier Pagan (far right), was patrolling the finish line where the first bomb went off. The Dallas Voice reports Officer Pagan came out at 26 just one year after joining the force. His husband, Pedro, is a retired NYPD sergeant who also helped rescue victims from the World Trade Center in the weeks following the September 11th attacks.