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January 23rd, 2010 (02:10 am)

Torchwood USA. No. Thank. You.

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Remebering Mark Bingham and 9/11

September 11th, 2009 (11:20 am)

Mood: sad

Re-Posted every year on 9-11

"May the gods guide his soul to the land of his Ancestors and welcome him into your loving arms"

From an article that appeared on the website www.planetout.com:

"Before Sept. 11, 2001, Alice Hoglan was a single mom in Northern California working as a flight attendant for United Airlines. On Sept. 11, her gay son, Mark Bingham, became a national hero, and it changed her life.

Bingham was the rugby player who died while helping thwart hijackers on United Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001. Experts believe the terrorists would have crashed the plane into a major government building in Washington, D.C., but Bingham and fellow passengers fought back, causing the plane to crash into a deserted Pennsylvania field.

In this exclusive interview, held days before the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Hoglan talks about her son, the Flight 93 national memorial and a new Discovery Channel special, "The Flight that Fought Back," which airs on Sunday evening, Sept. 11."

First, I have to ask: Are you still working as a flight attendant?

I am a retired flight attendant, as of June 2003.

I know people who were on a flight to Sydney that you were working on during the 2002 Gay Games, and they were delighted to see you. Was it a coincidence that you were working an Australian flight at that time, or did you plan it that way?

It was a coincidence. It was one of those delightful synchronicities. I got on board working it as a flight attendant, and I realized that, hey, all these folks are going to the Gay Games. And it turned into a real party; it was just a lot of fun.

While your son is a hero, many in the gay community view your response to the tragedy, and your openness about your son's identity, as heroic in a different way. You've become an important figure to many in the LGBT community.

That is very nice for you to say that. I'm certainly not heroic, but I am very supportive. I loved Mark; I loved everything about him. I loved the fact that he was honest with me and came out to me at age 21 -- that was a scary and brave thing to do. He sent me on a real journey on that day: I turned from being, I guess you might say, an unconscious heterosexual white woman to being a more aware mother of a gay man.

I know that in Mark's lifetime he dreaded the fact that there were relatively few role models for gay people to look to, and for that reason alone I was happy to tell the world that Mark Bingham was a gay man in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. He was able to stand up and fight and bring to bear all the competitive spirit and rugby power that he learned since he was a sophomore in high school and stand there with other proud Americans, gay and straight, and make a difference.

Did you ever feel that your son was misrepresented in the press after 9/11, or that his identity as a gay man was swept under the rug?

Well, I sure hope not. No, I don't think so. I think we have a long way to go to make sure that gay people are well represented.

Have you become more politically involved after 9/11?

I would say yes, in the short run and in the long run. There are several thorns in my side now, and I can't even tell you which is most important.

Pick one or two.

I will speak on every occasion that I'm allowed to on the importance of allowing people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender to enjoy the full flower of American freedom. I think that we need to realize that God made us the way we are; we did not choose our sexual orientation. It is a mandate for the American public to reach out and embrace the diversity that gay people afford them. So LGBT issues are one thing.

Another thing, as a flight attendant for United and as a mother whose son was murdered on 9/11, I feel strongly that we still have a long way to go in this nation to improve aviation security. The airlines share the blame along with the government, and there's much to do -- to secure cargo holds, for example, to make sure that knives and box-cutters are not allowed back on the airplane, to make sure that crews, flight attendants and pilots, are trained to deal with armed attackers on board the flight. We need to make sure that our screening is top notch. We need to make sure that incoming flights that are carrying people to our shores are properly screened. ... So, you can see I've become quite a soapbox advocate!

I understand that the final design of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., was unveiled yesterday in Washington. Have you seen the design, and were you involved at all in the planning?

I have not seen the design. I saw a good many of them; there were just an astounding number of designs that were considered by the joint committee involving Flight 93 family members and the national parks. They've done a beautiful job, and I have a lot of confidence in their ability to select the best one.

I assume you've seen "The Flight that Fought Back." What did you think of the special?

I'm really happy with the special, which is going to air on Sunday night. because it is a very graphic and true-to-life representation of what happened on board as best we know. The Discovery Channel did a marvelous job of researching the historic record and staying as faithful as they could to that, and I'm grateful. The facts speak for themselves: A handful of guys got up and ran to the cockpit and did the very best they could to take control back of a pitching airplane that -- had it not been for those guys -- would have plowed into the Capitol building and killed people in our government.

There have been several memorials for your son, including a recurring rugby tournament and the renaming of a San Francisco gym. Is there one that stands out for you in a special way?

Well, believe it or not, I remember the Gay Games very fondly, and the recognition that was given to him there. I am just so touched by the effort that the gay community has made to remember and keep alive the memory of Mark Bingham, as you keep alive the issues surrounding his death. Boy, it's hard to say!

As time takes you further away from the 9/11 attacks, is there a particularly surprising detail or quote or characteristic about your son that has emerged as particularly significant?

Boy, you really touched a nerve. It was brought up at the Bingham Cup 2004. The Bingham Cup is a biannual event, and it was in London in 2004. It was impressed on me [there] that, while Mark was a competitor in rugby -- whether he was playing for Cal or for the Olympic Club or for San Francisco Fog [the chartered gay rugby team in San Francisco] -- he would run alongside a teammate who had the ball and offer support, and what he would say was, "With you, I'm with you." And Mark used to say that to us, too.

In some ways, that reflects what he did on 9/11 as well. He was an important team member, and yet he was just part of the team. That's the way I remember Mark. He was a real solid guy, anxious to make sure that people reached out and touched and loved one another. And as far as I'm concerned, he's still with you and he's with me.

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Writer's Block: What My Friends & Family Would Say about Me

March 25th, 2009 (11:23 am)

Mood: frustrated

What would your best friend say makes you great? What about your parents or siblings?

Mother: "He needs to get a real job.

Brother: "I think if he spent more time expanding his consciouness and maybe delved into his inner turmoil (which would help with his depression and anxiety) it would grealty inprove the Collective Consciousness. Also, it may help him get back on his life tack or maybe discover a new one........ (insert more crap here)"

Grandma: "Well off all my grandchildren he hasn't been in jail....yet."

Friends: "Jerred who?"

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10 Years Later... Matthew Shepard

October 13th, 2008 (02:43 am)

Mood: morose

I can't believe that it has been ten years since Matthew Shepard was killed. His murder really got me involved in the LGBTQ community. I was a freshman in college and I remember going to my first meeting at the college's LGBTQ student organization for a vigil for Matthew. And I will always remember the day, about two years ago, that I got to attend a speaking engagement of Judy Shepard. She is an amazing human being.

Ten years later, what has really changed?

The Matthew Shepard Foundation

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Yes I Like Adult Contemporary Music....

October 6th, 2008 (12:55 am)

Mood: horny

but I LOVE John Barrowman WAY more!!!!!!!!!!!

This video is HOT HOT HOT!!!!

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Celebrating the B in LGBTQ

September 23rd, 2008 (12:21 am)

Mood: frustrated


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Friends Only

January 17th, 2008 (04:16 am)

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TORCHWOOD = My New Obsession

January 24th, 2007 (04:54 am)

Location: bed
Mood: giddy

For the past few weeks I have been bathing in the aftermath of a glorious event. An event which has become my latest obsession for I think about it all the time and ponder its magnificence endlessly. That event my friends is Torchwood. What is Torchwood you ask? Well, in short it is pure bliss in the form of a British television show spun off from the famous and brilliant new Doctor Who series.

It all started with a man named Captain Jack Harkness. A former Time Agent serving in the American Army during WW2 who crossed paths with The Doctor and Rose. Fighting alongside The Doctor and his new companion, Captain Jack he died trying to defeat an army of Daleks but instead found extermination on the Game Station. However, when Rose absorbed the power of the time vortex she brought him back to life. Unknowingly, he was left behind by The Doctor and Rose.

But somehow he ended up in Cardiff working for the Torchwood Institute where he and his team investigate extraterrestrial incidents on Earth and scavenges alien technology for its own use.

Why am I obsessed you might ask? Well, there are many reasons. First the creator of the show has said that he was heavily influenced by the American television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and wanted to bring something like it to British tv. And in truth the show is like a love letter to both Buffy and Angel in its tone, wit and sci-fi-fantasy. And we all know that I LOVE sci-fi/fantasy. The writing is superb and the stroylines extremely engaging and sometimes heart wrenching. But most of all...it is the first show to have a bisexual lead character. Not only that, the other series regulars are also considered bi. And the way it is worked into the show is brilliant and amazing without being exploitative. I can't even begin to say how wonderful this makes me feel. Although...

I'm so obsessed that I ordered the first volume of the show from the UK (Amazon.co.uk) which has the first five episodes on it knowing that I would want more. I then searched eBay and found somebody selling the entire season on DVDs they made from recording the show and burning it onto disk. And while I waited for that to arrive in the mail, I decided to learn about torrents and download the episodes myself just in case. Which I did and put on my PMP, which I can now carry with me when I want. And after I had watched the entire season and some of my favorite episodes again, I wanted more. So I went back to Amazon.co.uk and ordered the novel tie-ins and had them shipped ASAP. Then I started making LJ Icons and then I changed the layout of my Journal (which you should all check out) to bask in the light of my new lover. That wasn't enough so I went on eBay and found some Torchwood posters, also from the UK and a Captain Jack action figure which are now wonderfully displayed on my bedroom walls.

Obsessed, yes. Crazy, maybe. Psycho-Fanboy-SciFiGeek, most defiantly.

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Stolen From becky and Alisa

January 19th, 2006 (01:23 am)
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Updating LJ Account

January 16th, 2006 (02:29 am)
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My LJ might look strange for the next few days. I am trying to cutomize the layout. I'm not sure what I'm doing so I'm trying to learn as a go. So don't laugh if it looks stupid for a while.

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