Brooke Guinan is the New York Fire Department’s first and only transgender firefighter and has been gaining lots of attention after she released a poster for the Vocal Organization for International Courage and Equality’s “So Gay So What” campaign. The poster features Brooke proudly, standing with a shirt that says “So trans, so what?” in a cry for an end to transgender discrimination.
This third generation firefighter is in her sixth year with the force and is passionate about raising awareness of discrimination against transgender people in the workforce and to battle stereotypes about working as a firefighter. “Most queer people think that being a firefighter, a cop, or having a government job is unattainable. What a lot don’t realize is you can do it,” she said in a statement to Daily News. Yas girl! Way to go, Brooke!