A Day in Gay America, 2011: Work

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com October 21 2011 3:00 AM ET

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8:45AM Newark, N.J. Flight attendant Heath Granas on board a flight. "I had diva Joan Rivers onboard my flight -- what a treat," she says. "She's such a trip (no pun intended!)"

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10:33AM Brooklyn, N.Y. Jacy Topps developing a online marketing campaign for a new client.

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10:35AM Canon City, Colo. Officer Cyrus "C.J." Youngs at work.

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10:52AM Los Angeles, Calif. Women and men from the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Seniors Services department volunteering for Project Angel Food, which provides free meals for people affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer and other illnesses. The Center Angels are a group of women and men ages 50 and up who take part in regular volunteer service projects.

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11:10AM Hudson Valley, N.Y. Professor Jason Wrench with his dog, Teddy, as he works on one of my new book projects before the school year begins.

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11:30AM Anchorage, Alaska Larry Snider takes advantage of the short growing season in Anchorage. "Gardeners can thrive in Alaska, too," he says. "A short growing season with long, sun-filled days can satisfy the itch to dig in the dirt, weed, water, feed and enjoy the bounty. The dahlias are especially responsive and consistent producers.  Terrific escape from the daily grind."

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11:30AM Fairfield, Calif. Lt.Col. Mike Butler waits in line for takeoff from Travis Air Force Base in a USAF KC-10 Extender.

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11:31AM Albuquerque, N.M. Kicking back waiting for customers, Oz Patissrie Mobile Dessert Truck Executive Pastry Chef/Proporiter Gary Ele is ready to serve his customers. "It's all in a days work," he says.

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12:00PM Northern Calif. Veterinary assistant Cameron Osborne grabs a little play time before heading to work.

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1:10PM Los Angeles, Calif. Actor George Takei participates in a board meeting of the trustees of the Japanese American National Museum.

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1:15PM Yuma, Ariz. Ricardo M Gonzalez, a court interpreter, with a group of defendants who don't speak English minutes before a court hearing. "I'm the language bridge among them, attorneys and thejudge during these hearings," he says.

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2:25PM Benton Harbor, Mich. Whirlpool executive Brad Gorman shows off some of his Whirlpool PRIDE Network Post-Its. "Many employees use these Post-Its every day as a subtle way to come out as gay or as straight allies," he says.

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2:45PM New Jersey Rob Kleid, a physicians assistant, in his home office finishing chart notes, reviewing labs and returning phone messages, after a day of house calls to patients.

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4:28PM Northern Calif. This photo reflects my life and some might say, my attitude. The images are from Lebanon, where I visited for the first time in 2010. I have been photographing since 1969, when I first moved to San Francisco. The book is the latest I have work in: Arab & Arab American Feminisms – Gender, Nation, & Belonging (Eds. Abdulhadi, Alsultany, Naber, Syracuse University Press). The snake bracelet signifies my belly dancing and my going out dancing in general. — Happy/L.A. Hyder

8:35PM Guffey, CO Audiobook recording engineer Karen Wolfer looks over the latest audiobook from Dog Ear Audio in her home studio.