If it wasn’t for a former US marine, dozens of lives could have been added to the death toll at the Orlando gay massacre. Imran Yousef, a bouncer at Pulse nightclub, used his military training when he realized a shooter was in the venue.
The 24-year-old, who served in Afghanistan and left the Marine Corps this year, acted quickly. And now this Orlando hero will be given a huge honor by an LGBT military group. The American Military Partner Association, which advocates for military families of LGBT people, will honor Yousef at the West Coast Gala on 17 September.
‘Imran represents the best of America and the best of America’s military community, as evidenced by his quick and heroic actions amid the chaos and carnage of the tragedy in Orlando,’ AMPA president Ashley Broadway-Mack said in a statement. ‘While he humbly may not consider himself a hero, his courageous actions in the face of mortal danger that saved the lives of more than 70 of our LGBT brothers and sisters say otherwise,’ she continued.
‘He is certainly a hero to our community and to all of America, and we are proud to honor Imran with our 2016 Community Hero Award.’
Other honorees will include Palm Center founder Aaron Belkin and Major Gen. Trish Rose, the highest-ranking out service member.