The Son Also Rises

Queering 9/11: Mark Bingham’s Death Gave His Mom New Purpose

As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Queerty is profiling the people, issues and themes surrounding the tragedy that have made an indelible impact over the past decade, especially for the LGBT community.


When out rugby player Mark Bingham helped wrestle control of United 93 from hijackers on September 11, 2001, at least one of the planes was stopped from reaching its target, potentially saving thousands of lives.

In the short video above, an excerpt from the upcoming documentary With You, Bingham’s mother, Alice Hoagland (a former United flight attendant) discusses her son’s passions, his legacy, and the “thousands of other sons” she has gained by supporting the causes Mark believed in. According to Hoagland, her work has made Mark more “out” than he was during his lifetime. Thanks, mom!


Image via With You