On February 19, 2011, we celebrated the release of American Heroes Coming Out From Behind The Badge at the A Different Light Bookstore in the heart of the Castro in San Francisco. This was our first official release party for this book. Pictured here are contributing authors Peter Thoshinsky, Jessica McGinness, Greg Miraglia, and Brett Dunckel. Brett and Jessica both traveled to San Francisco from the east coast to be part of this event.
About 100 people packed the bookstore. The crowd included friends, family, and students from the Napa Valley College Police Academy where author Greg Miraglia teaches. Attendees asked questions and listened to each author read from their own favorite part of their story.
We thank everyone who traveled to San Francisco on a very rainy day to celebrate with us. Our hope is that these stories will reach and help those who are closeted and fearful about coming out to realize you can be out and still have a successful career in public safety. We also hope that these stories will enlighten and educate colleagues, family, and co-workers to become allies and supporters.