Alice Hoagland, mother of 9/11 hero Mark Bingham, says no one on United flight 93 asked her son if he was straight or gay before he helped prevent terrorists from crashing into the nation’s capital, in response to yesterday’s comments made by Carson Daly, who has met with GLAAD and issued a second apology.
On his radio show Wednesday, Daly joked that gay people wouldn’t have been able to restrain the JetBlue pilot who suffered a mid-air meltdown earlier this week.As outrage began to grow, Daly quickly tweeted an apology.
“Yes, my gay son was known in our family for bringing me flowers on my birthday and Mother’s Day,” Hoagland says in an exclusive statement to TMZ. ”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.”
Hoagland continues, saying, “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.”
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation reveals a meeting with Daly and his team who provided the following statement: “We live in a time where gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals find courage every day to overcome adversity, stand up to bullying and find equality. I’m truly saddened that my words today suggested otherwise. I’ve long been a supporter of gay, lesbian, and transgender rights, and I’m saddened that my comments, however unintentional, offended anyone, specifically members of the LGBT community. The fact that I have hurt anyone is devastating. I’m not that guy. I’m proud to be an ally of the LGBT community and will continue to fight with them.”