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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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This 20 minute phone call to American Airlines authorities from flight 93 attendant Betty Ong made during the hijacking is only one of many from Flight 93 describing how Alice Hoaglund and everybody else who is paying attention knows what went down on Flight 93. Let's roll.

938 days ago


and, alice? we will never forget.

938 days ago


waaaaa waaaaaaa waaaaaahhh

938 days ago


bla bla blaaaa lets all get offended at every living thing ever. That should make life so lovely and enjoyable!

938 days ago


Love her. Visited her son's name on the memorial last September and said a prayer of gratitude for his willingness to give up his life to try to protect others. We all say stupid things sometimes and I am sure Carson is regretful.

938 days ago


It was an ignorant and insensitive thing for Carson to say. Nothing wrong with a mother speaking out on behalf of her son. A love of a mother!

938 days ago

Bubbles The Chimp    

Who the hell listens to what Carson Daly says anyway. The guy looks like one of those babies born without a brain.

938 days ago


I find this to be interesting especially since I thought Carson was gay.

938 days ago


Carson obviously suffers from verbal diarrhea

938 days ago


Is it just me or does everyone get so touchy over everything these days? For crying out loud, Carson was just making a joke. Get over it!

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938 days ago


Carson Daly is a tool.... Let's see what Adam Levine thinks about it...

938 days ago


I'm sorry for her son's death and for her pain, but people need to lighten up. Don't take yourselves so seriously, folks! Carson made a joke that my gay friends found really amusing, as did I. He wasn't being mean-spirited and was even poking fun at himself. We need to focus our energy on something worthwhile. Lord knows there's plenty in the world to be upset over. And why is everyone harping on Carson when you have idiots like Howard Stern, Kathy Griffin and Lisa Lampanelli - to name a few - who are way worse. And ARE mean spirited about it!

938 days ago


Lighten the Eff up people, it's a darn joke, he was joking, it's what people do. Gays, Blacks, people of all races colors and backgrounds make jokes about other people and's who we are, it's what we do!! When did we get so darned sensitive about this stuff. Get some thicker skin!

938 days ago


Another reason why I hate Carson Daly. I'm gonna go "Piers" on his ass and say that he has been annoying ME for 20 years. Who was the moron at MTV???

938 days ago
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