French police officer killed was a part of LGBT community

Xavier Jugele was the LGBT Police Officer killed in Paris attack
Xavier Jugele was the LGBT Police Officer killed in Paris attack

Paris police identified the officer killed in last Thursday’s terror attack on the Champs Elysee as 37-year-old Xavier Jugele. He was a member of Flag, a group representing French Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender officers.

Jugele was one of several Paris officers who responded to the attacks perpetrated by ISIS in November of 2015, deployed to the Bataclan Concert Hall where 90 concertgoers were killed. He returned to the venue for a commemorative event with colleagues a year later where he told reporters he was happy to be a part of the re-opening. He has also made two trips to help refugees in Greece.

“He was a simple man who loved his job, and he was really committed to the LGBT cause,” said Mikael Bucheron, president of Flag. “He joined the association a few years ago, and he protested with us when there was the homosexual propaganda ban at the Sochi Olympic Games.”

Jugele was a six-year veteran of the 32nd company of the Paris police department’s public order and traffic division. He was remembered by colleagues as a “committed and helpful” officer who led a good life, leaving behind a partner.

J.L. Gaynor
Out In Jersey magazine contributor J.L. Gaynor spent eight years in the newsrooms of two major New Jersey papers. A Jersey girl through and through: born, raised, and educated in New Jersey. Jen now lives in Maryland and has two dogs she adores, and reads just about anything she can get her hands on.