These are just a few snapshots of a day we will all remember, and a reminder that the LGBT community is part of the fabric that holds us all together. Many people of many stripes helped, and continue to help each other.
LGBT liaison Boston Police Officer Javier Pagan, third from left
Jarrett Barrios, chief executive of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, before the race
Many LGBT folks participated in the Boston Marathon, both as runners, volunteers and first responders
Adrian Budhu, who was running to raise money for the Theater Offensive, was on Boylston Street when the first of two bombs placed along the route exploded.
“At that time the spectators are cheering everyone because you can see the finish line, you can see the big clock,” Budhu told the Washington Blade on Tuesday as he recalled the scene on Boylston Street. “Everything you’ve put in this race is about to happen [and then] everyone just stopped. It was just surreal.”
The photo by Boston Globe photographer John Tlumackl that has immediately become iconic features Boston Police LGBT Liaison Officer Javier Pagan, along with three other officers, reacting to the blast at the Marathon Finish Line. The photo appears on the cover of this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated. Javier is the third officer to the right.
Jarrett Barrios, chief executive of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, participated in the Boston Marathon as a runner. Barrios was at Mass Ave. and Commonwealth Avenue, about five minutes from finishing when the bombs went off. Barrios immediately began helping and coordinating Red Cross relief efforts.
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