We Asked: How do you pay it forward?
I retired because of 9/11. In the aftermath of 9/11, people all across America sent packages to NYC firehouses, and thousands stopped by in person, with the hope of helping. It built into me an even stronger desire to give back. I started to go to schools, civic groups, anywhere I could to share my experience. I wanted to pay forward what was given to me by strangers. I went to Louisiana after hurricane Rita, and I felt the need to pay it forward for the LGBT massacre in Orlando. I tried to give blood, but was rejected because I’m a gay man. I protested at the One Blood bus. I will partake in a massive fundraiser for AIDS Help of Monroe County for eight weeks and run for King of Fantasy Fest 2016.