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04/19/2007


Mark Bingham's Mom Responds To Carson Daly

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Carson Daly forgot a very important person when he claimed gay people couldn't tackle a crazed pilot: Mark Bingham, the gay man who helped tackle terrorists on doomed 9/11 Flight 93.

But Alice Hoagland, Mark's mother, reminded the radio host in an interview with TMZ:

Yes, my gay son was known in our family for bringing me flowers on my birthday and Mother’s Day.  He also was known for careening down the rugby pitch, and, on the morning of September 11, 2001, for charging unarmed down the aisle of a doomed Boeing 757 to face knife-wielding Islamist thugs in a hijacked cockpit.

No one among his pick-up team of fellow passengers was asking 'Are you straight?  Are you gay?'  No one doubted that a guy who weighed 220 and stood 6’4” tall - who could run over a charging opponent on the field, and ran with the bulls in Pamplona earlier that summer - would be an asset to a desperate group trying to overcome a threat onboard an airliner."

The world has its share of strong, heroic gay men. Gay men in sports uniforms and military uniforms have been winning America’s games and fighting America’s battles for a long time: quietly, humbly, and in the face of vicious bigotry.

I hope you and I may have an opportunity to talk sometime.  I prefer to believe you didn’t mean to offend. Good luck to you.

Take that, Mr. D.


Mother of Gay 9/11 Hero Mark Bingham Offers a Heartwrenching Reflection on 10th Anniversary: VIDEO

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As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Alice Hoagland reflects on the death of her son Mark Bingham, and all those aboard Flight 93 in an emotion-stirring video:

The most visible torchbearer of Bingham’s legacy is Alice Hoagland, his mother. After losing Bingham -- her only child -- Hoagland became a tireless advocate for issues that were important to her son. Now 61, the retired United flight attendant is a proponent of aviation safety, a spokesperson for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, and an avid supporter of rugby.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'With You' Chronicles Life of Flight 93 Hero and Rugby Player Mark Bingham: Watch Trailer

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With You, a documentary about the life of late Flight 93 hero and rugby player Mark Bingham, will play at L.A.'s Outfest film festival tonight.

Writes Karen Ocamb at LGBTPOV:

"Since Bingham was a film buff, much of the documentary is old home movies shot throughout his life, including his 'mullet' days as a fan of heavy metal. Ironically, Bingham shares his birthday on May 22, though 40 year apart, with another LGBT hero – Harvey Milk. And like the movie and documentary on Harvey Milk, With You has the potential to inspire LGBT and questioning youth and provide another role model who breaks the stereotype of how society thinks a gay man is supposed to behave. On 9/11, like a civilian soldier, gay Mark Bingham gave his life for his country."

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

Karen has a lengthy post on the film, well worth reading if this interests you.

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Watch: Mark Bingham's Mother Reacts to News of Bin Laden's Death

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Meredith Vieira spoke this morning with Alice Hoagland, the mother of gay United Airlines Flight 93 hero Mark Bingham about her reaction to the news that Osama bin Laden has been killed.

Said Hoagland: "This is a very strange and bittersweet day..."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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