Mark Bingham (pictured also with his boyfriend Paul Holm) was one of the passengers on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. He, along with the other passengers on the flight, tried to fight for their lives and take the plane back from the hijackers. He is among the hero’s of that day.
He was athletic. He played rugby in college, and after graduating he came out to his family. His boyfriend often has said he was heroic, even saying on a few occasions protected him from muggers, one incident was at gunpoint, and was described as a man “who hated to lose”.
He is honored, as Wikipedia puts it, "smash[ing] the gay stereotype mold and really opened the door to many others that came after him.” Which could be very true, but I have a problem with this.
He in undoubtedly a hero by all definitions of the word, but even though I’ve researched 9/11 and 9/11-related subjects for years, his name I always forget. Why is that? Why is this man not more of a gay icon? He of all people deserves that title. Of course his legacy won’t be forgotten as it’s apart of a large trope of history that we as a country and as a world will never forget. But I believe this man, Mark Bingham, deserves more recognition.