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Gay and Lesbian Victims of September 11th

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Ground Zero after cleanup.

Ground Zero After Cleanup.

Michael Young
The events of September 11, 2001 had a lasting effect on many people. The rubble may be cleared, but over 10 years later we're still picking up the pieces. In honor of those lost on that day and after, below is a list with short bio of known openly gay and lesbian victims:

Renee Barrett died on October 18 from injuries she received during the attacks on September 11th. A member of the Metropolitan Community Church of New York, a gay congregation, she is survived by her partner Enez Cooper and her 18-year-old son, Eddie. Barrett escaped the tower critically burned. She later died at Cornell-Presbyterian Hospital.

Graham Berkeley, a native of England who lived in Boston, boarded United Airlines Flight 175 on Sept. 11. His plane was the second to crash into the World Trade Center.

Mark Bingham was a gay passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania. He assisted in defending the aircraft against the attackers and is considered one of the many heros of that day. San Francisco has officially designated September 16 Mark Bingham Day.

Pamela Boyce, 43, was at work on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center's north tower when it was struck. She is survived by Catherine Anello her partner of 6 1/2 years.

David Charlebois, a member of the National Gay Pilots Association, was the co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, the plane that crashed into the pentagon.

Eugene Clark, 47, worked on the 102nd floor of the south World Trade Center tower. He sent his partner Larry Courtney a voice message stating "I'm OK. The plane hit the other tower. And we're evacuating." Clark is still missing. - Victorira Scanlan Stefanakos, Advocate.com

Jeffrey Collman was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the north tower. He is survived by Keith Bradkowski, his partner of 11 years.

Luke Dudek, 50, worked for Windows on the World as the food and beverage controller. He is survived by is partner of 20 years, George Cuellar.

James Joe Ferguson, 39, was the director of geography education outreach at the National Geographic Society. He was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77.

Carol Flyzik was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, which was the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center towers. She is survived by her partner of 13 years, Nancy Walsh.

Partners of 13 years, Ronald Gamboa, 33, and Dan Brandhorst, 42, were traveling with their 3-year-old adopted son, David were on their way home to Los Angeles from Boston on United Airlines Flight 175 which crashed into the second tower of the World Trade Center.

Sheila Hein, 51, worked at the Pentagon in the U.S. Army management and budget office when her life was taken by American Airlines Flight 77. She is survived by her partner Peggy Neff.

Father Mychal Judge was a Roman Catholic priest and the chaplain of the New York City Fire Department who lost his life while ministering at Ground Zero. In June 2002, President Bush signed the Mychal Judge Act which grants federal relieve funds to survivors of 9/11, including same-sex partners. He is also being considered for sainthood.

William Anthony Karnes, 37, who lived within sight of the World Trade Center lost his life the morning of September 11th. He is survived by his partner John Winter.

John Keohane, 41, worked at One Liberty Plaza near the World Trade Center. Keohane died by falling debris. Before his death, Kepohane met his partner Mike Lyons on the street. Lyons later committed suicide on his 41st birthday.

Michael Lepore, 39, was a project analyst at Marsh & McLennon. He is survived by his partner of 18 years, David O'Leary.

Patricia McAneney was the fire marshal of her floor in the first World Trade Center tower. She is survived by Margaret Cruz, partner of 18 years.

Wesley Mercer, 70, worked as a Vice-President of Corporate Security at the World Trade Center. After successfully guiding 3,700 employees to safety he himself fell victim to the tragedy.

"Roxy Eddie" Ognibene worked on the 89th floor of the second World Trade Center tower. He was a member of the Renegades of New York's Big Apple Softball League.

Seamus O'Neal lost his life in the attacks on the World Trade Center. He is survived by his partner Tom Miller.

Catherine Smith, 44, worked on the 97th floor of the World Trade Center tower. She is survived by Elba Cedeno, her partner of six years.

A special thanks to the tireless efforts and research of Lombardi-Nash who complied the original list.
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