Gay Boston Policeman Javier Pagan
Among Boston Bombing’s First Responders
The cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated magazine shows three Boston
policeman assisting a fallen Boston Marathon runner who was knocked off
his feet during Monday afternoon’s bomb blast, although he recovered
enough to complete the race.
policeman at the far right of the photograph is Javier Pagan, the
Boston Police Gay Liaison to the city’s LGBT community. Officer Pagan,
who was patrolling the finish line, happened to be standing right behind
the flags where the first bomb went off. Boston Globe photographer John
Tlumacki stated that, “my photograph was taken about one second after
the first explosion. The runner was blown over by the blast and fell to
the ground. The cops were just reacting as cops. They didn't know what
was going on. They're pulling their guns out, looking left and right.
They were close to where the explosion went off and could have been
killed or injured also.”
It seems heroism runs in the family. Officer Pagan’s husband of four
years, Pedro Velazquez, is a retired sergeant from the NYC Police
Department who rescued many people when the Twin Towers collapsed on
September 11, 2011. The couple live in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Javier Pagan, age 42, is a native of Puerto Rico who grew up in Boston.
He came out as homosexual a year after joining the police force, and in
2002 he was profiled by the Bay Windows LGBT newspaper when he was named
to the Gay Liaison position.
Javier Pagan also had the recent honor of escorting LGBT civil rights
attorney Mary Bonauto to a celebration at Boston's City Hall plaza on
the day same-sex marriages became legal in Massachusetts.
Role models of greatness.
Here you will discover the back stories of kings, titans of industry, stellar athletes, giants of the entertainment field, scientists, politicians, artists and heroes – all of them gay or bisexual men. If their lives can serve as role models to young men who have been bullied or taught to think less of themselves for their sexual orientation, all the better. The sexual orientation of those featured here did not stand in the way of their achievements.