HRC, 9/11 12th anniversary, flagPost submitted by Mitchell Scuzzarella, HRC Digital Media Intern

On this day, HRC honors those whose lives were lost on September 11, 2001. In observance, HRC is lowering to half-staff the flags that fly above its headquarters in Washington, D.C. We also take time to honor heroes of that day, including members of the LGBT community.

Americans like UC-Berkley rugby player Mark Bingham, an openly gay member of his team who fought back with other passengers on United Airlines flight 93, crashing the plane in to a Pennsylvania field. Within the buildings, Mychal Judge, a Catholic priest, chaplain for the New York City Fire Department, and gay man died when the South Tower collapsed on him while aiding a fallen comrade.

Both men were posthumously honored by multiple organizations, and they remind us that heroism doesn’t ask for your sexual orientation or gender identity.

How are you honoring Patriots Day? Tell us in the comments below.

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