June 30, 2017
On Thursday, June 29th, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro hosted FDNY’s second annual LGBTQ Pride Celebration.
Commissioner Nigro highlighted the Department’s efforts to reach out to LGBTQ identifying New Yorkers. He stressed the Department’s commitment to ensuring representation of all individuals throughout the Department’s ranks to represent the diversity of New York City. He recognized Firefighter Brooke Guinan, FDNY’s first-ever LGBTQ coordinator for her commitment to LGBTQ awareness and advocacy.
“I’m incredibly proud of our FDNY members who are members of the LGBTQ community, because beyond their life-saving work each and every day they are always setting an example for young people like them, those looking for guidance and assurance that it does get better,” said Commissioner Nigro. “And most of all, I’m proud of our Department for coming together once again to celebrate Pride and continue to build a more inclusive environment for every single FDNY member.”
The celebration honored three individuals who work tirelessly on behalf of the LGBTQ community – the Department honored Jared Fox, LGBTQ Community Liaison for the NYC Department of Education; Tommy Ryan, retired FDNY Firefighter, first President of Fire Flag, and U.S. Army Veteran; and Candice Banks of Spectrum, the gay-straight alliance of the United States Military Academy.
“20 years ago, this room would not have been full for this celebration,” said Retired Firefighter Ryan. “It was a heavy burden placed on me but I took the challenge on and I wanted to be true to myself – it gets better - It is great to be here.”
Firefighter Guinan received FDNY’s Diversity and Inclusion Award for her positive power, courage, and commitment to propel FDNY’s diversity and inclusion vision and goals through her tireless efforts in LGBTQ outreach. Firefighter Guinan reflected on her role as Grand Marshal of the NYC Pride March and stated, “Pride has many different meaning for people - I wish to thank the Commissioner Daniel Nigro and the FDNY for working hard to be an ally and making the FDNY a safe space for LGBTQ people.”
For photos of the celebration, click here.
For photos of FDNY at NYC Pride march, click here.
For FDNY’s “It Gets Better” video, click here.