Statement from Executive Director Brian K. Bond
“Twenty years ago, undeniable acts of heroism occurred in the face of vicious cruelty. The terrorist attacks on 9-11 upended the world as we then knew it. Yet, the story did not end there. Valiant firefighters, paramedics, and police rushed to the front lines to help, including Rev. Mychal Judge. And passengers like Mark Bingham, who were trapped on a suicide mission to harm, fought back and in doing so saved the lives of countless others. These are just two of the patriotic heroes of that day who were LGBTQ+, and also only two of the victims who lost their lives in the terrible tragedy of 9-11.
“Just as we honor those who did not survive, their families and loved ones, and those whose lives were forever changed on 9-11, PFLAG National honors the heroic efforts of first responders, especially those who are LGBTQ+. Your courageous efforts twenty years ago call us to never forget, and your legacy during this pandemic and with each natural disaster calls us to show up with strength for our communities."