Openly Gay Intern Daniel Hernandez Jr. Credited With Saving Life Of Rep. Giffords

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    Jan 09, 2011 8:05 PM GMT

    Openly Gay Intern Daniel Hernandez Jr. Credited With Saving Life Of Rep. Giffords

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2011/01/openly-gay-intern-daniel-hernandez-jr.html
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    Jan 09, 2011 8:16 PM GMT
    great for him, but why does it matter that he´s gay? Why is that even mentioned?
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    Jan 09, 2011 8:22 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidgreat for him, but why does it matter that he´s gay..


    Call it rebalancing media coverage of gay people. We hear about senators in bathrooms, Catholic priests and small boys.... but never gay people who are heroes.

    Whoever he was, this guy is a genuine hero.
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    Jan 09, 2011 8:24 PM GMT
    From the reports it seems he really was
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    Jan 09, 2011 8:32 PM GMT
    The public needs to hear about as many gay heroes and positive gay role models as possible. This is good.
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    Jan 09, 2011 9:04 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidgreat for him, but why does it matter that he´s gay? Why is that even mentioned?
    exactly my thought :i
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    Jan 09, 2011 9:09 PM GMT
    What Art_Deco said.

    My housemate just asked the same thing to me, about why it was important. I made my case and he understood where I was coming from...but I'm not certain he shares my enthusiasm.

    I think the fact that Daniel Hernandez is gay is important because we need more positive images in the press of LGBT people.

    Also, because of the fact that Giffords was a pro-gay legislator it's newsworthy, given how her opposition used anti-gay sentiment (among other things) to get folks to the ballot box, and to rally against her.

    I would like for there to be a day when someone's sexuality should not be newsworthy.

    However, I'm glad that the news writers today are more and more choosing to tell stories of people, particularly heroes, that are out and LGBT.
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    Jan 09, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    Well done Daniel Hernandez Jr.!

    The importance of positive role models may be lost on some of us adults, but somewhere out there a gay teenager might read this story and realise "it gets better". That you can be gay and make a difference.
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    Jan 09, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidgreat for him, but why does it matter that he´s gay? Why is that even mentioned?

    In an ideal world, I'd say the same thing. It doesn't matter. It shouldn't matter.

    But in fact we live in world where people like Maggie Gallagher and Paul Cameron contribute to the debate on gay rights and unfortunately their opinions ring true with many millions of people. And their opinion is that gay people are nothing but a scourge and a danger to society.

    So to the people who follow these opinion makers (I hesitate to acknowledge them as such, but their influence is undeniable) perhaps seeing a story about someone who is both gay AND heroic might challenge them on their spoon-fed beliefs and cause them enough cognitive dissonance to re-think their prejudiced opinions.
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    Jan 09, 2011 9:30 PM GMT
    And the woman who charged Jared Loughner and grabbed the clip from him should be mentioned too:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/09/arizona-shooting-hero-clarence-dupnik_n_806434.html
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    Jan 09, 2011 9:44 PM GMT
    Global_Citizen said
    So to the people who follow these opinion makers (I hesitate to acknowledge them as such, but their influence is undeniable) perhaps seeing a story about someone who is both gay AND heroic might challenge them on their spoon-fed beliefs and cause them enough cognitive dissonance to re-think their prejudiced opinions.


    It's funny you mention this. I read a right-wing blog just to see what is said, and some of the comments are unbelievable. One said that now carrying guns should be completely justified, because (the commentator said) it was somebody who used a gun to stop Loughner! icon_exclaim.gif

    Next thing you know, it'll all be marijuana's fault, or the parents' fault, or the sheriff's fault. Never mind that ultimately it's a deranged guy who planned this thing all along, and his schizophrenia was untreated.

    Let us now praise famous men.
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    Jan 09, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 said
    Global_Citizen said
    So to the people who follow these opinion makers (I hesitate to acknowledge them as such, but their influence is undeniable) perhaps seeing a story about someone who is both gay AND heroic might challenge them on their spoon-fed beliefs and cause them enough cognitive dissonance to re-think their prejudiced opinions.


    It's funny you mention this. I read a right-wing blog just to see is said, and some of the comments are unbelievable. One said that now carrying guns should be completely justified, because (the commentator said) it was somebody who used a gun to stop Loughner! icon_exclaim.gif

    Next thing you know, it'll all be marijuana's fault, or the parents' fault, or the sheriff's fault. Never mind that ultimately it's a deranged guy who planned this thing all along, and his schizophrenia was untreated.

    Let us now praise famous men.


    I'm sorry to say that that is usually the response of the gun lobby. I read similarly shameful things after the Virginia Tech massacre.

    Utterly chilling.
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    Jan 09, 2011 10:27 PM GMT
    Gay people are AMAZING!!! haha.
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    Jan 09, 2011 10:30 PM GMT
    Daniel is an awesome young man! Rising up in a time of terror can be an extremely scary thing to do, but for Daniel it became a time of heroism. I would want Daniel at my back too!

    Murray
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    Jan 09, 2011 10:33 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidgreat for him, but why does it matter that he´s gay? Why is that even mentioned?

    because one of the historical stereotypes of gays is that they are sissies and run away from danger...that they can't be depended on in a time of crisis. We are supposed to get all hysterical and scream and cry. Oy real he-man straight guys keep a clear head and take charge of the situation.
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    Jan 09, 2011 10:36 PM GMT
    And (just for Caslon) how about the gay ex-Marine who saved President Ford from an assassination attempt?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Sipple




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    Jan 10, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    Lostboy saidgreat for him, but why does it matter that he´s gay? Why is that even mentioned?


    Because we have not yet gotten to a point in the U.S. where things like this are so ordinary that it is not of enough interest to mention. We are still at a place where we need to mention the 'first Latina elected to..., the first African American to do so and so, the first woman appointed to...., the first lesbian..., the first gay man..., the first Jewish man..., the first Muslim woman..., etc.' Hopefully someday it will all be so mundane and ordinary in this country that it is not worth a mention. We're just not there yet.
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    Jan 10, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    it's great that he is gay but i think what is more worth mentioning is "hernandez". given Arizona's recent legislations to paint minorities as illegal aliens that should be deported, it's ironic that a "hernandez" is credited for saving her life. good thing he wasn't being detained by Arizona officials asking for his proof of citizenship at the time. (i know...i'm opening another whole can of worms).