Gay Boston cop makes the cover of Sports Illustrated for the second time

This month's cover of Sports Illustrated features Red Sox player and World Series MVP David Ortiz with three officers who responded to the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

These three officers were on an earlier cover of Sports Illustrated, showing an action photo taken moments after the bomb went off at the finish line.

The Dallas Voice reported that one of those officers, Javier Pagan, was gay and Boston Police Department’s liaison to the GLBT community. He is on the far right of the photo after the bombing.

Months later, after a World Series win by the Red Sox, Pagan, along with his fellow Officer Rachel McGuire and Detective Kevin McGill, get to stand with David Ortiz at Fenway Park, smiling and happy for another cover of Sports Illustrated.

Pagan is another LGBT American who has contributed heavily to his city and to our country. His story is one that bears telling. Congratulations to Office Javier Pagan for his second Sports Illustrated cover!

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