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Mark Kendall Bingham 1970-2001
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Mark Kendall Bingham
1970-2001

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posted (02/10/09)
Mark Bingham Leadership Fund Scholarship: 2009-2010
Deadline extended until April 19, 2009

Address for Application
Mark Bingham Leadership Fund
Mark Bingham Leadership Fund Scholarship
C/O The Mark Bingham Foundation P.O. Box 2182
Los Gatos, CA 95031-2182

Click here for more info on the Scholarship!


posted (04/29/08)
More YouTube Videos About Mark
posted (02/25/08)
New Video About Mark
posted (05/05/06)
Renegades Honor FLIGHT 93
Shanksville, PA - April 15, 2006

Members of the Washington Renegades RFC traveled to Shanksville, Pa., on April 15, 2006 to participate in a cleanup and improvement effort at the United Airlines Flight 93 Memorial.

On September 11, 2001 Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville as those aboard attempted to take control of the aircraft from the hijackers. All 40 passengers and crew were killed. If it were not for their actions many experts believe that the plane may have been crashed into the U.S. Capitol building or the White House.

One of the heroes of Flight 93, Mark Bingham, was a fellow rugby player with whom the Renegades feel a special connection. Mark had played in a tournament the Renegades hosted in Washington, D.C. and proved to be a tough competitor. Since Sept. 11, the Renegades have participated in an international rugby tournament named in memory of Mark. That tournament will be held again this Memorial Day weekend in New York City, and the Renegades will be competing. While playing in that tournament honors Mark as a rugby player, through this service project the Renegades seek to honor Mark and the passengers and crew of Flight 93 for their courage and sacrifice.

The Renegades partnered with Donna Glessner, one of the 40 Flight 93 "Ambassadors" who volunteer their time and effort to maintain the temporary memorial. Along with Boy Scout Troop 151, the Renegades hauled, spread and smoothed over 20 tons of crushed limestone in order to make the memorial area wheelchair accessible.


posted (03/01/06)
A Video of UC Berkeley award given in Mark's honor and also a Video of the speech made by Wayne Lee who won the award (he put the rovers on Mars). Todd Sarner, Alice and Sen. McCain are also in the videos as well. (3/1/06)
posted (02/28/06)
Another New full length movie about Flight #93
posted (07/25/05)
Team Bingham has joined forces with The Tom Burnett Family Foundation to host the Inaugural Run To Remember 9-11
THE REGISTRATION FEE GOES UP AT THE END OF JULY!

Many of you know about Mark Bingham on flight 93, coming out to be in my wedding. Pretty amazing man. Many of you know about Tom Burnett, sitting next to him, also a pretty amazing man. Team Bingham has joined forces with The Tom Burnett Family Foundation to host the Inaugural Run To Remember 9-11.

In planning this event, I have had the honor of meeting some of the wonderful people who lost sisters, husbands, sons, and coworkers on 9-11. But there are thousands more I have not met - from around the country, from around the world - who lost dear family members and friends. But I think everyone has a connection with 9-11. Everyone who is an American. Everyone who is an American has something to grieve. Every year, as we have gotten further away from 9-11-2001, we have lost some of the memory of these people.

The Run To Remember is an event to honor those who died by celebrating their lives. To unite together to show that we are Americans who are proud of them, and who will never forget their sacrifice. The Run To Remember 9-11 is an opportunity to stop losing the memory.

I am writing to get you to sign up for the Run To Remember 9-11. It is open to athletes (5k or 10k), sure, but it is targeted at everyone who wishes to honor the memory of 9-11. It is a Run/Walk event, and it is only 3.1 miles - a distance you likely cover each week walking to and from and around your workplace - and you have 2 hours to do it. If you are from out of town, we have special hotel rates.

"What! ME wake up before NOON on a SUNDAY?!?"

If there is no way for you to come out for the Run, then register anyway as a $30 donation and get your complimentary finisher t-shirt (it goes up at the end of this month!). We also have a variety of Official Run To Remember products with different sponsorship levels to give you an opportunity to help without participating at all. The store is at: http://www.cafepress.com/run2remember911/

As this is the first year, we need to get 2,500 registrations to make the event a success, to make it happen every year to come, and to keep the memory alive. AS OF THIS WRITING WE NEED ANOTHER 1,000 REGISTRANTS, and the race is only 6 weeks away! Please forward this email to everyone you know - friends and coworkers - 2,500 is a big number, and we can only achieve our goal with YOUR help.

Please register NOW by going to http://www.R2R911.org ! THE REGISTRATION FEE GOES UP AT THE END OF JULY!

Thank you.

Joe Salama
Team Bingham Board Member Co-Project Manager
Run To Remember 9-11


posted (8/11/03)
Here's the official lineup for "Mark Bingham Day" (that's what I'm calling it!) on Saturday, August 16th. Parking stinks at both places, so plan accordingly.

Saturday, August 16th, 2003 12noon-3pm
Dedication of the Mark Bingham Recreation Center
(formerly the Eureka Valley Recreation Center)
BBQ, Basketball game, special guest speakers
100 Collingwood Street (between 17th & 18th, in the Castro), SF
(click for map and directions)

The admission to the ceremony is limited (RSVP if you haven't already)

THEN...Saturday, August 16th 3pm-6pm (and beyond?)
A Beer-Bust Fundraiser for the Mark Bingham Documentary Project
Finnegans Wake- one of Mark's favorite bars, in Cole Valley
937 Cole Street (between Carl & Parnassus)
(click for map and directions)

Optional donation $15-20 or more, all proceeds going to Mark's documentary project.
Meet the filmmakers, and if we can get it together in time, see some rough footage!

See you there!
Todd Sarner
Live. Love. Lead. NEVER Forget.
The Mark Bingham Leadership Fund


posted (5/2/03)
Berkeley Voice

Posted on Fri, May. 02, 2003 MARTIN SNAPP: SNAPP SHOTS

Mark Bingham always a source of inspiration

ALICE HOGLAN came back to Berkeley last week. It was her first visit since Sept. 22, 2001, when she attended a memorial service at Cal for her son, Mark Bingham.

Mark was one of the passengers of United Flight 93 who attacked the terrorists and brought the plane down in the fields of western Pennsylvania, saving the White House or the Capitol at the cost of their own lives. His memorial service was attended by hundreds of people, including Sen. John McCain, who flew all night from Washington to get here.

This time, Alice was here to wave the starting flag at the Cal Day 10-K Run for Life. She was also here to cheer on Team Bingham, a group of Mark's friends who run to raise money for the Mark Bingham Leadership Fund, which provides scholarships for Cal students who reflect Mark's qualities of "leadership, scholarship and sociability."

While she was here, she took a sentimental journey to some of the places Mark loved most, starting at the Chi Psi house, where Mark was the fraternity president. She gazed at old pictures of Mark on the wall -- shuddering at the length of his mullet -- and visited the kitchen, site of the now-legendary 1992 food fight between Dave Kupiecki (armed with a 50-pound bag of dinner rolls) and Mark (armed with a 5-gallon jar of mayonnaise).

Her guide was Mark's fraternity brother, Joe Salama, an especially close friend: On Sept. 11 Mark was on Flight 93 because he was flying to San Francisco to be an usher at Joe's wedding.

She also visited the rugby field where Mark led the Golden Bears to so many victories, including the 1992 National Championship. "He was the ultimate team player," says Joe. "When you had the ball, he'd run alongside you, shouting, 'With you! With you!' to let you know he had your back. That's what he was doing on Sept. 11, too. He had all our backs that day."

Mark was afraid of nothing. He ran with the bulls at Pamplona. Once, when he was held up by a gun-wielding mugger in San Francisco, he grabbed the gun away and beat the thug up.

He was also a proud gay man who has become a special hero in the gay community. Alice gets dozens of speaking offers each week, but she turns almost all of them down. "Except for gay-rights events," she says. "I always say yes to them."

She misses her son as only a mother can. And she's trying to carry on his legacy. "I've accepted the fact that I'll always be known as 'Mark Bingham's mother,' and that's fine," she says. "He's a hero to me, too."

She still keeps in contact with Deena Burnett, Lyz Gick, Lisa Beamer, and the other Flight 93 families. They've all heard the cockpit tape of Flight 93's last minutes.

"I'm not allowed to tell you any details," she says. "But let's just say that the American people have a lot to be proud of. In the end, it was the terrorists who were terrified."

The re-taking of Flight 93 was our country's first victory in the war against terror -- but at a terrible price. As Mark's memorial service, Sen. McCain quoted the Gospel of John: "Greater love hath no man than this: that he lay down his life for his friends." Then he said, "The only way I thank Mark is to try to be as good an American as he was."

Amen.


posted (1/23/03)
THE MARK BINGHAM LEADERSHIP FUND SCHOLARSHIP
Inaugural Scholarship: 2003-2004

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION NOW!

The Mark Bingham Leadership Fund Scholarship was founded to honor Mark Bingham, an American hero of September 11th, 2001 aboard Flight 93. The scholarship's mission is to help a U.C. Berkeley student with monetary support for needs such as tuition, room and board or other school-related expenses.

For its inaugural year, the 2003-04 academic year, the Mark Bingham Leadership Fund Scholarship will select one student from the University of California, Berkeley, who will be awarded between $3000-$5000 for tuition, room and board or other school-related fees. Scholarship awards will be paid directly to the university and will be designated for the eligible expenses listed below.

Selection Criteria:

  • Student enrolled as a full-time student at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Submit application, including a two-page student statement, a two-page essay, and a letter of recommendation
Eligible Expenses: Students may apply the grant amount toward tuition, room and board or other school-related expenses.

Application Procedure: Eligible candidates may apply for the scholarship by submitting the attached application along with the additional information requested.

Scholarship applicants will be notified by early May 2003.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION NOW!


posted (9/06/02)
San Francisco honors Mark Bingham Fri Sep 6, 8:02 PM ET Ari Bendersky, Gay.com / PlanetOut.com Network

SUMMARY: San Francisco will honor former resident Mark Bingham, who died on United Airlines Flight 93 last Sept. 11, by renaming a gym for him.

Later this month, San Francisco will honor former resident Mark Bingham, credited with helping resist hijackers on United Airlines Flight 93 last Sept. 11, by renaming a neighborhood gym for him.

On Aug. 15, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission voted to name the gym at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center in the city's Castro neighborhood after Bingham, a former nationally ranked rugby player. While a date has not been chosen, the naming ceremony will take place in the next few weeks, according to Becky Ballinger, a spokeswoman with the commission.

Ballinger said the commission is currently coordinating with Bingham's family and friends to find a date that works with everyone, and that they're also waiting to receive the finished plaque that will adorn the building. Final details, including who will preside over the ceremony, are still being determined. Mayor Willie Brown has been invited to lead the ceremony, Ballinger said.

"We are happy to include anybody and however (the family) wants (the ceremony) to work, we're happy to have that happen," she said.

The idea to honor Bingham first came to the city's attention last October by Paul Holm, Bingham's former partner of five years, and Annemarie Conroy, a former San Francisco supervisor who met her husband through Bingham and Holm. The pair wanted to pay tribute to Bingham in death in much the same way he lived his life.

"We really thought (renaming the gym) was the most appropriate thing the city could do because it combined Mark's love of sports and because he lived in the Castro with me," Holm told the Gay.com/PlanetOut.com Network. "It's where Mark's heart was and (where he) got a lot of enjoyment. He met a lot of people from all walks of life there playing in different athletic events."

When city officials first started discussing how they could memorialize Bingham, also a former public relations executive, Mayor Willie Brown invited Bingham's family to his office to talk about erecting a statue in his honor, according to reports.

Instead of creating a sculpture to resemble Bingham's athletic 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame, the family opted to have the gym named in his honor. The city is set to renovate the gym and has dedicated $2.4 million to revamp the building, which was first constructed in the 1950s.

The gym renaming is only one of many tributes honoring Bingham this year. In June, the first annual Bingham Cup took place in Golden Gate Park during Gay Pride weekend in San Francisco. Gay rugby teams traveled from all over the world to compete, and Bingham's team, The San Francisco Fog, took first place. And in July, Bingham was honored posthumously, along with three other passengers on the flight, with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs, ESPN's annual award show honoring excellence in athletics.

Also, Bingham's friends, teammates and fraternity brothers at the University of California have set up the Mark Bingham Leadership Fund, a scholarship for helping students whose interests "coincide with Mark's, including Berkeley, Chi Psi fraternity, the sport of rugby, and those with qualities including team orientation, sociability, leadership and heroism," according to the California Community Foundation (CCF), the organization administering the Bingham fund.

To date, the scholarship, which will benefit students at Cal, has raised an estimated $35,000, according to Catherine Stringer, a spokeswoman for CCF. Stringer said she did not know whether any money would specifically be earmarked for gay students, but the rules for distributing grants have not been finalized.

Additionally, Martin Salan, a San Francisco man, will perform a six-minute song and dance tribute for Bingham at the Gay Games in Sydney in November.

Finally, a Los Angeles-based organization made up of former public relations colleagues of Bingham's have launched One Day's Pay, a national nonprofit encouraging people around the country to perform good deeds every Sept. 11 to honor and remember the former rugby player. Bingham was considered by many to be an incredibly noble man and upstanding citizen.

In fact, his presumed actions to thwart the terrorists' activities on board flight 93 helped derail the plan to crash that plane into a target in Washington, D.C. The plane, however, crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania, killing everyone on board.

"He was such an athletic, gung-ho guy," Alice Hoglan, Bingham's mother, told the San Francisco Chronicle in August. "I think it was those things that helped him and other passengers gain control of the plane."


posted (9/05/02)
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United flight attendent Alice Hoglan, whose son Mark died on Flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001 addresses a Capitol Hill rally Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002 by flight attendents calling for better self-defense training. Sen. Bob Smith, R-N.H. is at right. Many flight attendants say they haven't been adequately taught to defend themselves or their passengers from terrorists because each airline offers different training for dealing with potential threats. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette)


posted (9/01/02)
The 1st book about Flight 93 has been published.

This is the book written by Jere Longman of the NY times. A web link is pasted below to read about the book on amazon.com.

Amazon.com: buying info: Among the Heroes: United Flight 93 and the Passengers and Crew Who Fought Back

A second book specifically about Mark, written by Jon Barrett of the Advocate, due out NOW!.

Among the
Heroes: United Flight 93 and the Passengers and Crew Who Fought Back

A second book
specifically about Mark, written by Jon Barrett of the Advocate, due out
9/2002.

Editorial Reviews and Book Description:
On the evening of September 14, as the sun set over the flag-draped county courthouse in Somerset, Pennsylvania, fifteen hundred mourners gathered together as Governor Tom Ridge presided over a memorial to the passengers and crew of United Flight 93. In the hushed twilight, amid the toiling of bells, a candle was lit for each victim, and the flames were used to light smaller candles held by townspeople attending the service.

The hijackers had failed in their mission, Ridge said. They had not destroyed our spirit. They had rekindled it. By fighting back against the terrorists, the passengers and crew had undoubtedly saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives. "They sacrificed themselves for others -- the ultimate sacrifice. What appears to be a charred, smolerdering hole in the ground," said the governor, "is truly and really a monument to heroism."

Of the four horrific hijackings on September 11, Flight 93, which crashed into a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, resonates as one of epic resistance. A number of passengers phoned relatives and others on the ground to tell them of the hijacking and what they planned to do about it. Their battle to take back the plane brought consolation to countless confused and grief-stricken Americans. At a time when the United States appeared defenseless against an unfamiliar foe, the gallant passengers and crew of Flight 93 provided for many Americans a measure of victory in the midst of unthinkable defeat. Together, they seemingly accomplished what all the security guards and soldiers, military pilots and government officials, could not -- they thwarted the terrorists, sacrificing their own lives so that others might live.

The culmination of hundreds of interviews and months of investigation, Among the Heroes is the definitive story of the courageous men and women aboard Flight 93, and of the day that forever changed the way Americans view the world and themselves.


posted (7/10/02)
2002 Arthur Ashe Courage
Award
Lisa Beamer, far right, widow of Flight 93 victim Todd Beamer, speaks as she accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award along with Alice Hoglan, left, mother of Mark Bingham, Lyz Glick, widow of Jeremy Glick, and Deena Burnett, the widow of Thomas Burnett Jr., during the 10th annual Espy Awards, Wednesday, July 10, 2002, in Los Angeles. The award honors individuals whose contributions transcend sports. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Flight 93 passengers selected for Ashe Award

Associated Press - LOS ANGELES -- Four passengers who died on Flight 93 during the Sept. 11 attacks will be honored with the ESPY's Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick all had sports backgrounds and will be recognized Wednesday night July 10, 2002 at the ESPY Awards.

Actor Dennis Franz will present the award to each of the families, while actor Tom Hanks did the voiceover for a video tribute that will be shown during the ceremony at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

"When I got this call from ESPN, I thought, 'Todd, you are so happy right now,'" said Beamer's widow, Lisa. "To be on ESPN is something that he never would have dreamed of. He so much admired pre-eminent athletes. Sports was a really important thing to him."

Beamer played baseball and basketball at Wheaton College in Illinois. Bingham was a two-time college rugby champion at California. Burnett was a star high school quarterback in Bloomington, Minn. Glick was a national collegiate judo champion in 1993 at Rochester.

"I know that Jeremy would have been so enthusiastic to be here in person, but I know that he will be there in spirit, which does make it an emotional event for me," said Glick's widow, Lyz.

All four were aboard the airliner, bound from Newark to San Francisco, that crashed in rural western Pennsylvania. Many have speculated that the passengers, including Beamer, Bingham, Burnett and Glick, kept the hijackers from plunging the jet into a populated target.

The ESPY Awards, created by sports network ESPN, were moved from February to July so the show would not compete with the Super Bowl, which was rescheduled because of the attacks.

Past winners of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award include: Jim Valvano (1993), Steve Palermo (1994) Howard Cosell (1995), Loretta Claiborne (1996), Muhammad Ali (1997), Dean Smith (1998), Billie Jean King (1999), Dave Sanders (2000) and Cathy Freeman (2001).

The ESPY Awards 10th anniversary show will air on ESPN live from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on July 10 at 9 p.m. ET.


posted (6/28/02)
Bingham Cup

Gay rugby teams hold tournament in 9/11 hero's honor
By Margie Mason
ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN FRANCISCO

A rugby match lasts 80 minutes. No timeouts, few player substitutions, not a lot of time for coaching. It's a rough contact sport that forces players to think and act under extreme pressure.

Mark Bingham may have demonstrated those hard-learned skills during his final moments on Sept. 11 aboard United Flight 93, the only one of the four hijacked planes that didn't reach its target.

This weekend, his San Francisco Fog teammates will honor that spirit by holding the Bingham Cup, an international gay rugby tournament, during the city's annual pride celebration.

"There's something to be said for competitive sports," said Alice Hoglan, Bingham's mother. "His last game wasn't on a grassy field. It was on a narrow 757."

Hoglan will present the trophy on Saturday to the winner that emerges from the eight rugby clubs. She also plans to march with some of the 200 players in Sunday's Pride Parade, which draws about 1 million people each year.

"It's going to be everything Mark would love," Fog forward Bryce Eberhart said. "It's going to be a rockin' party, people from different cultures getting to know each other and it's going to be two days of rugby, rugby, rugby."

While the two teams from England will be tough to beat, Eberhart said the Fog (2-8 this year) will play with the same fierce determination Bingham brought to the scrum. Just before he died, Bingham's team was accepted into a straight rugby league, prompting him to give his teammates a congratulatory pep talk.

"We have the chance to be role models for other gay folks who wanted to play sports, but never felt good enough or strong enough," he wrote. "This is a great opportunity to change a lot of people's minds."

"Mark came in like a steam engine, just knocking the heck out of all of these guys and he brought an intensity to that practice that left a lot of guys saying, 'We don't like this guy very much,"' Eberhart said.

"Then, afterward at the pub he made his way to each person and pointed out something they'd done right that day and maybe even gave them a little tip. And by the end of that social, he was everybody's best friend."

Bingham helped California-Berkeley's rugby club win national titles in 1991 and 1993. At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, he played the position of eight, which requires leadership and poise to get the ball out of the scrum and into the runners' hands.

Cal rugby coach Jack Clark remembers Bingham fondly as a player who wasn't a star but was always a dependable, fierce competitor.

"Mark was one of the lads. He was right in the middle," Clark said. "I don't have much doubt that Mark would have been pleased to have his legacy in rugby remembered."

Clark also said he has no doubt Bingham was one of the passengers who took on the terrorists, forcing the plane down in a rural Pennsylvania field instead of into its unknown intended target. He credits rugby with helping to shape Bingham into a take-charge, fearless leader who didn't hesitate under pressure.

"I have no doubt he would have been brave enough to do whatever was needed," Clark said. "In rugby, you have to deal with pressure of that moment. You can't get off the mountain."

San Francisco Fog: http://www.sffog.org/
Mark Bingham Web site: http:/www.markbingham.org/


posted (5/18/02)
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARK! Happy B-Day
Mark!
ATTENTION!!!!: What a Wonderful Turnout and Party! Thanks to all who Contributed and Attended the Mark Bingham Leadership Fund Fundraising Kickoff and Birthday Bash this Sat. May 18, 2002

When: Saturday, May 18th, 2002. 6pm-10pm (and beyond!)
Where: Club NV, 525 Howard Street (at 1st), San Francisco, CA
Why:To celebrate Mark's birthday (May 22) in true Bingham style and to kickoff fundraising efforts for the Mark Bingham Leadership Fund.

Cost: The suggested donation is $100 for a Gold ticket, but we are also making available a limited quantity of Blue tickets for $60. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible so we can carry on Mark's name and spirit with this scholarship. Both donations get you the same thing- admission to the event and open (free) bar.

The party will feature: Free drinks (inluding a special Cosmo/Jager bar!), music, dancing, and a silent auction. This is a great club with lots of room, couches, private rooms, and more.

ORDER TICKETS ONLINE NOW!
http://www.acteva.com/go/bingham
(There will be a small processing fee to cover the costs involved with using credit cards)
$81 of your Gold Ticket donation and $41 of your Blue ticket donation are tax-deductable.

Is your company interested in making a corporate donation or donating goods or services to our silent auction? If so, call me or e-mail me ASAP.

With You!
Todd Sarner- Event Coordinator
tsarner@bigplanet.com
(800)498-9179


posted (1/16/02)
On the January 16, 2002 of the New York Times

Passenger on Jet: Gay Hero or Hero Who Was Gay?
By EVELYN NIEVES

AN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15 - Mark Bingham was one of those people who pop up all over the high school yearbook, a popular, brawny, 6-foot-5 rugby player who could have played any sport, just as he could have talked his way into any room.

When the story of the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 who fought their hijackers on Sept. 11 became public, everyone who knew Mr. Bingham was sure he was one of the leaders. The hijackers commandeering the cockpit had to be right in front of Mr. Bingham as he sat in seat 4D in first class. Those who remembered him fighting off an armed mugger knew he was a man of action, never one to back away from a confrontation.

In the weeks and months since Sept. 11, Mr. Bingham, a 31-year-old public relations executive who played rugby for the University of California, has become one of the most celebrated heroes of that day.

He has also become an icon among gays. The man tearfully eulogized by Senator John McCain of Arizona is also the subject of a cover story and Person of the Year in The Advocate, the national gay and lesbian biweekly news magazine. He has inspired a Web site, markbingham.org, and plans for a permanent memorial in his honor in the Castro, San Francisco's famous gay neighborhood.

That he was gay might seem irrelevant to any discussion about his role in Flight 93, many gay rights advocates say. Sept. 11, they agree, was a transformative day for the nation, when what was notable about this country of diverse groups is how everyone united in grief and outrage.

But the sexual orientation of Sept. 11 heroes is not really irrelevant, gay civil rights groups contend, at a time when openly gay men and lesbians are barred from the military and when gay couples do not have the same rights as heterosexual ones.

"When you ask what difference does it make if the heroes were gay, I say I agree with you," said Judy Wieder, editor in chief of The Advocate, which devoted its Oct. 23 issue to "the gay heroes of the terrorist tragedy."

"That's precisely our point," Ms. Wieder said. "They were just like everybody else. So we ask, why is it that when they died, they were equal to everyone, but had they lived, they would not have the same equality as heterosexuals?"

The importance of identifying gay heroes became especially important, gay advocates say, when the Rev. Jerry Falwell and the Rev. Pat Robertson asserted, just two days after the attacks, that an angry God had allowed the terrorists to succeed because the United States had become a nation of abortion, homosexuality, secular schools and courts and the American Civil Liberties Union.

"Maybe because of the lack of visible heroes for us, there's a greater significance in finding heroes," said Joan M. Garry, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (Glaad), which has been critical of news organizations that did not mention Mr. Bingham's sexual orientation. Later profiles were more forthright, Ms. Garry said.

Mr. Bingham's sexual orientation was not his full story, his friends and his mother, Alice Hoglan, say.

"Mark was a fully alive person," said Ms. Hoglan, a flight attendant for United Airlines who raised her son as a single mother. "I don't mind at all that he is being identified as a gay hero, though that was just one aspect of him. He was proud of being gay, just as he was proud of being a Republican, and proud of playing rugby, and proud of his friends."

Daniel Chu, a Chi Psi fraternity brother of Mr. Bingham in the early 1990's, who registered and maintains the markbingham.org Web site, said his friend's sexual orientation was not the impetus for the site.

"Most of us in the fraternity didn't know about Mark's sexual orientation," he said, "and we didn't find out about it until a week before he graduated. School was not really Mark's No. 1 priority. Mark was always about people. Always."

The Web site has become a sprawling tribute, with testimonials from friends gay and straight.

"I don't think he would have asked for this," Mr. Chu said. "But I'm sure he's cracking up to see a big deal made of something he did every day. If a friend needed help, he was always there. If a friend needed someone to talk to, he was always there. That's the way Mark was. He loved life and lived it to its fullest."

To gay advocates, part of Mr. Bingham's appeal as a gay hero, or a hero who was gay, is that he was not a stereotype.

For Michelangelo Signorile, a gay journalist, what was notable about the early coverage of the Sept. 11 heroes is not that it omitted Mr. Bingham's sexual orientation but that it seemed to overlook Mr. Bingham entirely.

In many of the early reports, he said, most of the attention was focused on Mr. Bingham's seatmate on the plane, Todd Beamer, who is believed to have uttered the now- famous "Let's roll" comment as the passengers sought to overcome the hijackers.

"I feel that in general the average American doesn't have any idea who Mark Bingham is," Mr. Signorile said. "Everyone knows Todd Beamer because he had a wife, he was heterosexual, he had a story, the great American family. But we just didn't hear that much about Mark Bingham."

For many gays and lesbians, Mr. Signorile said, there has been a real tension between two ways of looking at the issue of whether Mark Bingham should be seen as an American who acted heroically and who happened to be gay, or whether he should be honored as an example of a gay man who became a hero.

"In the gay community you see both of these strains, an ambivalence because many have both of these feelings," Mr. Signorile said. "On the one hand they say: `Why focus on it?' And, on the other hand, they say, `We want people to know.' "


posted (9/22/02)
Mark's Formal Memorial
Hi everyone - I hope you're all doing ok. Richard Pierce just let me know that the site and time for Mark's Formal Memorial are firm:

Mark Bingham Memorial
Saturday, September 22
Wheeler Auditorium
UC Berkeley Campus
Berkeley, CA
1:00pm - 2:30pm

We are still waiting for word on whether Senator McCain and/or Governor Davis will be able to attend. If their schedule conflicts we may need to alter the start time, but Saturday is firm and we are assuming the time will remain 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Take care, Paul

For more info contact.....
Todd Sarner @ tsarner@bigplanet.com (415)826-1873
Dave Kupiecki @ dkupiecki@aol.com (415)864-6916

U.C. Berkeley, Candle Light Vigil @ Sproul Hall
Tuesday, September 11, 2001 @ 8:00pm, Berkeley, CA

U.S. West Coast So. Cal Rememberence Meeting
City of Hermosa Beach Candlelight Vigil in honor of those involved in Tuesday's tragedy
Friday, September 14, 2001
Hermosa Beach Pier, 9PM
Bring a candle
(310) 937-6265

Memorial Mass in D.C. for Mark Bingham
Sunday, September 16, 2001 @ 11:30 am
St. Matthew's Cathedral, Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC

U.S. West Coast Private Informal Memorial
(This weekend's event at the Marriott Hotel is a private memorial for close friends and family of Mark Bingham. Announcement of a public memorial is forthcoming.)
Sunday, September 16th

New York Gathering
For those of you in the New York area, a number of us will be gathering Sunday Sept 16 at 8 pm. to share memories and photos of Mark. We will be meeting at Steven and Bill's home in Springfield, New Jersey. Springfield is about 45 minutes from the city and is convenient by train or car. Please respond if you will be able to attend so that we will know about how many to expect. Steven will follow up this email with directions. I am looking forward to meeting as many of Mark's friends as possible. God bless you all!

Duke Duguay
609 688 1122

Sydney Memorial
Sunday, September 16, 2001 @ 5pm (Sydney time)
Sydneyites, we are meeting in the Garden Court Bar in the Wentworth Hotel at 5pm Sunday afternoon. Bring your photos, stories and memories. If you need to call my mobile is 0412 066 845, or else just turn up. For all of you in the US, we will be thinking of you.

Chi Psi Memorial
Monday, September 17, 2001 @ 7pm
Only Chi Psi Lodgers are allowed to attend
2311 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

U.S. East Coast Memorial to be announced

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