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Gay Tucson Hero Daniel Hernandez to Sit with Michelle Obama at Tuesday's State of the Union Address

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Daniel Hernandez (seen here embracing Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords), the intern credited with helping save Giffords life after the Tucson shooting, will be seated with First Lady Michelle Obama at Tuesday's State of the Union address, ABC News reports.

Said Hernandez: "I'm both honored and excited to have the opportunity to travel to our nation's Capitol for a once in a lifetime event. Also the chance to bring my father along for his first trip to Washington, D.C. The State of the Union is a pivotal moment because it is our opportunity to find where we are and where we will be going as a nation in this upcoming year."

Tuesday is also Hernandez's 21st birthday.

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  1. While it's commendable that Hernandez will sit with Michelle, how does this help gay rights? Mrs Bush would have had him there too.

    It's one thing to pick out tiny incidents that demonstrate the acceptance of gay individuals but it's another thing to have a President who is actually helping to end discrimination against us. Where is Obama's commitment to ending federal discrimination? I don't see it.

    Posted by: mark | Jan 24, 2011 6:03:38 AM


  2. Congrats to him and I don't want to belittle his acheivement but what about the people who tackled the gunman? Why don't I ever hear about them?

    Posted by: Xtincta | Jan 24, 2011 6:06:43 AM


  3. Mark, Obama has done more for gay rights than you are aware of, more than the past 5 presidents combined. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/21/AR2010062104709.html
    Also , Hernandez is a hero, I just hope that the rest of the community respects this, we are a bitter critical group most of the time.

    Posted by: ty | Jan 24, 2011 9:38:50 AM


  4. Damn Mark, you sound so bitter... I'm bitter too but this President has done a lot for our community...

    Posted by: John Normile | Jan 24, 2011 9:46:54 AM


  5. Happy Birthday Daniel!!!!

    Posted by: kodiak | Jan 24, 2011 9:48:39 AM


  6. While the changes, such as they are, are commendable, absurd statements like "Obama has done more for gay rights than the past 5 presidents combined" reveal the author to simply be regurgitating Obama Borg propaganda. It's a meaningless comparison. He's better than George Bush? WOW!!!! Stop the presses!

    Only a couple of the changes INITIATED by Obama [versus merely signing hate crimes and the STILL TO BE ACTUALIZED "repeal" bills, both proposed before he took office] surpass in consequence the changes initiated by Clinton who neither "gave us" DADT nor DOMA. He was symbolically wrong to sign them, but his vetos would have been overridden.

    And, yes, even the Bushies would have invited Hernandez [the vast majority of straight America STILL has no idea he's gay] just as they also let gay families into the White House Easter Egg party.

    Posted by: Michael@LeonardMatlovich.com | Jan 24, 2011 1:23:35 PM


  7. @Michael--

    So what, exactly, has Obama failed to do that is within his legal ability?

    Yes, we're pissed that he didn't halt discharges under Stop/Loss and the DOJ briefs suck. But he's pretty much taken it up to the legal line in protecting LGBT federal employees and expanding non-discrimination by the federal government (latest at HUD).

    How about some facts? Where has he fallen short? What else can he mandate by executive order that he has failed to do?

    I'm all for keeping on his case for not being more out in front in advocating for ENDA, UAFA, repealing DOMA, etc. by Congress. But credit where credit is due.

    Posted by: homogenius | Jan 24, 2011 3:50:27 PM


  8. why does he have to be the "gay hero". he's a hero (who has requested not to be called as such, if i remember correctly) who happens to be gay. might as well call him obese gay latino male hero

    Posted by: phil | Jan 24, 2011 6:28:34 PM


  9. I think that's a lovely picture - well done to him!

    To those who comment on here, please try to be constructive. I know the situation isn't perfect, but a lot of gay teens are reading this blog, and I think we need to set an example of being optimistic and forward-looking.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 24, 2011 6:45:09 PM


  10. WOW...........................lots of bitter little queens here! DUE...NOTHING IS GOING TO HAPPNE FOR YOU ~OVER NIGHT~ CAUSE YOU WANT IT !!NOW!!....GET REALL IDIOT! EVERY RELIGION...AND BELIF SYSTEM HATES US...WE HAVE TO WORK AROUND THAT FIRST THEN CLAIM OUR RIGHTS! JEEZZZZZZZ

    Posted by: shannon | Jan 25, 2011 12:30:00 AM


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