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New York Fire Department (FDNY) Makes History, Hires First Transgender Firefighter

The New York Fire Department has broken down a new barrier in equality and has welcomed into the FDNY the first male-to-female transgendered firefighter.

The FDNY has been battling critics for years  claiming the numbers of black and female firefighters are  too low. White males make up about 91 percent of the approximately 11,000-member force.  The FDNY has an LGBT organization and some members are openly gay.

“It’s a tremendously courageous decision,” said one fellow firefighter. “Hopefully everyone will be supportive.”

The new recruit who is identified only by her first name “Brooke” is a third-generation firefighter, with her father still on the job and would like to keep the details of her private life, just that.  Private.

“I am appreciative of the support that the FDNY has given me during this time in my life. However, it is my expressed wish that the details of my personal and professional life remain private,”
Congratulations Brooke.
This IS LGBT History in the making.

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact: Will@Back2Stonewall.com

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