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Village Voices: Kevin Mallinson--on working in a traditionally gendered field


Mon 06 / 12 / 2023
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM



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Open to all

Limited capacity: Registration Closed




Trudy H. Peterson
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In the early 1980s, Kevin Mallinson joined the Key West Fire Department. His dream of being a professional firefighter had come true. He hadn't imagined how being gay would threaten his fellow firefighters. Kevin became the target of fierce and unrelenting homophobic assaults intended to force him out of the department. His story highlights the importance of upholding personal values and having a sense of humor when facing adversity. Against a backdrop of the emerging AIDS epidemic, Kevin relays a narrative of conflict, resilience, and triumph over his several years as America's first openly gay professional firefighter. This honest account invites the reader to contemplate the nature of masculinity and consider what it means to be one of America's Bravest.