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Monday, January 10, 2011

Openly gay intern among heroes in Tucson shooting

Towleroad was one of the first to report that Daniel Hernandez, Jr., the 20-year old intern who is credited with helping save the life of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is openly gay.

From the report:
Daniel Hernandez Jr., an openly gay 20-year-old intern for Gabrielle Giffords, is being credited with saving the congresswoman's life
Hernandez, who confirmed that he is gay in an interview with Instant Tea on Sunday morning, is a member of the City of Tucson Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. “She’s been a great ally to the LGBT community,” Hernandez said of Giffords during the brief interview across a bad connection. 
According to the Arizona Republic, Hernandez was standing about 30 feet from Giffords during the “Congress on Your Corner” event outside a Safeway store near Tucson. When the gunshots began, Hernandez ran toward them and began checking the pulses of people who’d been hit. When Hernandez got to Giffords, he used his hand to apply pressure to the entry wound on her forehead.  He pulled her into his lap and held her upright so she wouldn’t choke on her blood.
While some have questioned the relevance of the young intern's sexuality, others have held him up as a positive role model for LGBT Americans - particularly LGBT youth.

Serving only five days as Congresswoman Gifford's intern, Hernandez has made national news with interviews on CNN, CBS, NBC and other networks. While the full effect of the tragedy in Tucson has yet to be understood, many are looking to the actions of the day's heroes as a sign of hope.

Below is Daniel Hernandez's appearance on the Today Show.

Daniel Hernandez, Jr.

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