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Mother of 9/11 Hero

My Son Was Gay

... And Tougher Than Carson Daly

3/29/2012 8:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0328-alice-hoagland-carson-daly-mark-bingham-getty-exThe mother of one of the Flight 93 heroes wants Carson Daly to know ... gay people ARE brave and tough ... and her son was living proof.

TMZ broke the story ... Daly joked on his L.A. radio show that gay people wouldn't have been able to take down a crazed pilot who freaked out on a recent JetBlue flight ... instead, they would have been more interested in going to a "floral convention."

Now, Alice Hoagland ... the mother of Mark Bingham ... has a message for the radio host ... saying, "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."

She adds, "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."

Alice Hoagland
Mother of Mark Bingham
California Golden Bears Rugby, University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco Fog Rugby Club
United Airlines Flight 93 Newark to San Francisco    9/11/2001


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Hey Carson, Got flowers?

908 days ago

Pole Smoker    

Sure, 1 in 10 gay man are tough, just as 1 in 10 women are tough too. The fact of thw matter, a majority of gay man are NOT aggresive and/or confrontational. This lady is pathetic. Carson was simply stating teh obvious and I laughed my arse off!

908 days ago


Jesus, people are too sensitive. Grow a pair.

908 days ago

Tony the Giant    

Looks to me that more white males are gay, than anybody else. His joint is so small, he's licking his tail between his legs

907 days ago

Tony the Giant    

That's where all trouble start, with a racist whiteman. The white woman is nothing like that. She is a much more sweeter person. They are real funny, they have a better sense of humor, they are much more friendlier. Than some ole cold hearted whiteman. I know she must be going through holy hell, being with them harbingers. The white woman don't like no whiteman for real. If she had a choice, she'd choose any other man in the world, but him. Always walking around like he's got a chip on his shoulder, with racism, hatred, and hate crimes. The white woman isn't like that. The white woman contradicted his behavior during Slavery, and helped Blacks escape South and go North. And the whiteman became powerless after that, and Slavery was boycotted.

907 days ago


Good for her. When will we learn?

906 days ago


So TMZ shows Flight 93 "Let's Roll" hero Mark Bingham with a tatoo of Blackwater CIA on his arm... The same Blackwater with CIA directors caught insider trading on 9/11... The same CIA named in Pentagon's Operation Northwoods as hijacking fake CIA airliners by remote control, with fake passenger lists of CIA agents who did not die, in a false flag bombing attack to blame an innocent nation to "justify" war and invasion... BTW Flight 93 Top Gun F16 pilot Col Rick Gibney was promoted to commander for all Predator Reaper Treminator drones in USA, after being the only soldier awarded for "heroism saving Washington DC" on 9/11...

842 days ago
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