I’m very excited to announce that American Heroes Coming Out From Behind The Badge is now available for pre-order. Signed hard cover edition will be ready to ship by the middle of January 2011. The soft cover and e-book will be released next fall.
This book includes new stories from police officers, firefighters, and EMS professionals from around the country. I’ve updated my own story and included more advice about coming out based on what I have learned over the last six years from my own experience as well as from talking to others I’ve met along the way.
I’m incredibly grateful for the officers, firefighters, and EMS Professionals who contributed to this second book including Peter Thoshinsky, Richard Swallow, Thomas Bell, Brett Dunckel, Alex Morfin, Jessica McGuinness, Robert Parsons, Bill, and Kyle Ross. Each of these amazing people have stepped up with the courage to be who they are and to share themselves with the world in hopes of inspiring the many law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMS Professionals who are still hiding in the closet.
This is an exciting time in our history as more gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender public safety professionals make themselves visible with the ranks of agencies throughout the United States. My hope is that the straight colleagues and agency executives who work with these professionals will take notice and use this book to learn more about how to create an accepting and supportive work place for everyone.
Last year I created the Out To Protect Scholarship Program which supports out LGBT law enforcement students who are attending a basic training academy. I’m really excited to announce that all of the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to support future scholarships.