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Gabrielle Giffords Has An Emotional Reunion With The Gay Intern Who Saved Her Life

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So lovely! Our eyes are welling up!

Over the weekend, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords released an inspiring video in which she announced that she'll be retiring from Congress to focus on her recovery.

Then yesterday, Gabby met with Daniel Hernandez, the gay intern who saved her life, for the first time since she was shot in the head last year.

She also met with other survivors of the January 2011 Tuscon, Arizona shooting during a "Congress on Your Corner" event.

We're sure it was an intense, emotional experience for her to reunite with the man who saved her life…and we're sure it was also a fulfilling one.

We continue to wish Gabby the best of luck with her recovery!

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75 comments to “Gabrielle Giffords Has An Emotional Reunion With The Gay Intern Who Saved Her Life”



  1. 1

    not that it matters, but why mention he's gay?



  2. 2

    I wonder how the gay intern likes being referred to as a gay intern? Being gay has absolutely nothing to do with him saving her life, or with him being an intern. I know you are a big advocate of all things gay, but it doesn't help the cause to try and make something a gay issue when it is not.



  3. 3

    who cares that is gay. if he was chinese would you say the chinese intern who saved her? that the problem with homosexuals it defines them!!!! thats all they are gay this and gay that!!



  4. 4

    How is it relevant that he is gay? I mean, REALLY. (Or is he just very happy?)



  5. 5

    really? your headlinej is all wrong. it should be "Straight, retiring congresswoman reunities with Daniel Hernandez" Geez, Perez. Don't ignore the straights.



  6. 6

    I cant believe you just said that. Your not only a idiot but a hypocrite as well



  7. 7

    Touching story but does it matter if he was gay, straight, bisexual, black, white, left-handed, right-handed?



  8. 8

    I agree w/ most of the above comments … trying to make this inspirational story about a mans sexuality is ridiculous …



  9. 9

    perez is dumb fat and ugly the fact he is gay is irrelevant



  10. 10

    WHO CARES THAT HE'S GAY! How about just mentioning the brave intern who saved her life? One track, one issue folks like you are dangerous to the discourse of this country.



  11. 11

    Since when is it okay to define someone by their sexuality? Why is that okay to you? It'd be just as wrong to label and define someone by their race or hair color. His orientation had nothing to do with what he did that day. So much for all that equality you're talking always about.



  12. 12

    We know gay people do great things. You don't have to sling that he was gay. He's a hero before he's gay! If you do that, you should put racist in every post about Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, or Santorum (who acts like the typical closeted gay Republican).



  13. 13

    Guys, don't you get it? It is important to mention he is gay. Otherwise we wouldn't know that there is a gay guy out there who wasn't screaming and running the other way like a little girl. As I type this I am realizing that Perez is obviously lying about this guy being gay. Has to be.



  14. 14

    I was going to come on here and bitch just as everyone else did.. people CLAIM there should be no labels.. but the ones claiming there should be none are the first ones to throw one on.



  15. 15

    I, like the others, am confused as to why you had to point out that the intern was gay? You are usually bashing other people or sites who point out a person's sexual orientation. So, it is ok to sometimes say a person is gay and not ok other times? Make up your mind!



  16. 16

    what the FRACK does him being gay have anything to do with ANYTHING



  17. 17

    I knew when I saw clicked on the comments, there couldn't be one person who could not bring up the fact that this turned into a good story, to a ridiculous story really fast. Right from the title perez, really?



  18. 18

    Why highlight that he's gay? Seriously…does it matter? If he were Black, would you write "The Black Intern who…." or if he was a she, would you write "the Female intern who…"



  19. 19

    Perez Hilton, the gay gossip columnist, is an idiot.



  20. 20

    Your agenda continues to turn people against gays and unsympathetic when they get bullied. You set back your cause every time you open your mouth. Straights demand you identify everyone as straight from now on. EQUALITY FOR ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Mtl23 says – reply to this


    21

    Not just the intern? The gay intern. Why label him that way he saved her either way and the fact that he is gay should not be relevant. If I were him I would not appreciate being labeled that way.



  22. 22

    It's such a shame that you obscured the WHOLE POINT of this story by talking about which gender this intern likes to bone.



  23. 23

    Perez, you really are creating a bad name for gay people. As a gay man, I never want my sexuality to be the defining thing about me. I think I can safely say most others feel the same way. While I understand you are trying to create awareness that gays contribute in a positive way, the interns sexuality was in no way pertinent to the story. Please try to be a little more responsible in the future.

  24. Sgirl says – reply to this


    24

    The "gay intern"? I'm confused. Does he intern for gays? Is Gabrielle Giffords "gay"? Why would you say that? Very bizzaro! You should have said: "The Mexican intern" or "The Gay Mexican"? What's the difference. Yes, the "Gay Mexican" who saved her life..that's it. I know, "The Gay Mexican who likes it up the ass". There you go. Even better. You are disgusting.



  25. 25

    Why the hell is the headline GAY Intern. God forbid we over look that fact the guy saved her life without dragging his sexual preference into it. What you all choose to do is your own business but when you try to shove it down our throats is when be get pissed.

    Grow Up Perez, he saved her life THATS IT.

    Gay Intern please.



  26. 26

    Also just out curiosity, is it really that hard to report celebrity news without making yourself sound like an idiot? I mean, if you just re-read what you wrote and then thought about it for one second, you would prevent yourself from sounding like a moronic asshole 99% of the time. Do you bother ever reading your competitors blogs? If you did you would know that being funny, clever and informative at the same time and in the same post is actually quite possible. You should try it sometime.



  27. 27

    The people are speaking Perez take the hint and flamedown a little bit.



  28. 28

    So, you guys are close now, you refer to her as Gabby. HAH! And what difference does it make that he is gay. If you don't want people judging you because you are gay, don't depict someone as gay when describing them. FUcking doosh!



  29. 29

    why do you find it necessary to label him as "gay" the article stands fine alone as just "Gabrielle Giffords Has An Emotional Reunion With The Intern Who Saved Her Life"



  30. 30

    Why do you have to mention in your headline that he is gay??? I think treating people differently because of their different sexual preferences will never stop if we always make a differene between gay and straight so obvious.



  31. 31

    PEREZ - PLEASE FIRE THIS EFFING IDIOT WRITER…



  32. 32

    Why does it matter that hes gay, exactly?



  33. 33

    seriously.. as many posters have said, was it REALLLY necessary to point out that he was gay, it bares no weight on this story, and in fact I think it takes away from the actual deed in itself. Gay people don't want to be singled out and ostracized, so why does perez constantly feel the need to put some much weight on the fact that people are gay or straight



  34. 34

    What is the big deal about him being gay????????????



  35. 35

    Well he is kind of on the "hefty" side so maybe you should include 'HEFTY" in your headline also. I have a question how do we know this hero is gay, did he hold a press conference to announce he is "gay" Maybe you just outed him you jackass, what if he really straight? He saves a life and gets outed by some jackass on the internet and destroys his entire life. I hope he sues you Prez



  36. 36

    So if it's relevant that he's gay, then you should ALWAYS post whether one is gay or straight, such as, "Bob Whoever, a heterosexual man, rescued [man, woman, child, etc]". Whether he is gay or not has absolutely nothing to do with saving her life, and you belittle his actions by bringing up a non-relevant subject. "Daniel Hernandez, the heroic man with brown hair, [etc]" Get it?



  37. 37

    I'm with most everyone here when I ask why you needed to state his sexuality?



  38. 38

    I have a new show for Bill Cosby…"Gays do the Darndest Things". Apparently Perez would support such a superfluous show.



  39. 39

    Ok everyone, he says things like this to show people that homosexual people should be given the same rights. Right now homosexuals don't have the same rights as the rest of us. This is a form of activism. As for how the intern I dont know how he feels but I think it is important to illustrates to the public that we are human beings.



  40. 40

    Why is the GAY intern? Why can't it just be the Intern….You are such a moron.

    Gotta love how you turn comments off when you know that the snarky remarks you make will be dissed by all who read them. You are such a pompus jackass….I feel sorry for your sad, sad, sad existence.



  41. 41

    Why the hell does him being gay have anything to do with the story? Fucking idiot Perez



  42. 42

    Yeah, I'm jumping on the bandwagon here in voicing my disgust of how this man was described. Should we always refer to you , Perez, as the gay gossip columnist ? I think you just set back gay rights about 10 years.



  43. 43

    Re: so what – HAHAHAHAHA!

    Perez, you do the gay community more of a disservice than any favors…as always! If he were Pueto Rican, would you have said "Giffords has an emotional reunion with the Pueto Rican intern who saved her life"? I am sure many in the gay community probably wishes you would just stop claiming them altogether.

    Anyways, it's so good to see Giffords doing so well. She really beat the odds!



  44. 44

    Wow….look at all the sraight people up in arms when a hero is determined to be gay! Would all 40 of you make so many comments if the story were about a gay bank robber? Would you be pounding your keyboards so quickly to defend his gay label if he had done something wrong? This is just more proof of the same thing: When we (gays) have the rights that EVERYONE else has, then we will quit shoving it down your throats. Until then…..Fuck Off!



  45. 45

    When this just happened they refer to him as the intern that saved her life because they didn't know he was gay. Now every time I see in him articles they reference his sexuality. It is disappointing and stupid.



  46. 46

    really? does it even matter his sexual orientation? what a description to use, Mario! Only when it benefits you . . .

  47. Rigby says – reply to this


    47

    If he were African American would you call him the black intern? No! You make him sound as if being homosexual is some sort of handicap and we should praise him because despite his obstacles he could still do things a "normal" human could.



  48. 48

    "gay intern"

    was that really necessary???



  49. 49

    Why does he have to be "the gay intern?" Why do you have to slap that label on him? Can't she just meet with the intern who saved her life?



  50. 50

    why does he have to be the "gay" intern, couldn't he have just been the intern that saved her life? You know this is why so many people dislike you. You are so ignorant sometimes. Does it matter if he was straight or gay? not at all, only to your stupid ass. you are such a poor representative for the gay community.



  51. 51

    Your the spike lee of gossip news. You have to make an issue out of nothing for your own gratification. Your a fucking ass just like spike.



  52. 52

    i was disgusted to read this headline. but than i realized i am not alone. get your shit together.



  53. 53

    Re: IThoughtItFirst

    I understand and sympathize with you, I think that Gays not having equal rights is an absolute travesty. Being from Canada, we do not have the same sort of legal limitations placed on the gay community. While I cannot fully understand what you have gone through, I do have to disagree with your comment. I also questioned why his sexuality was mentioned and I found it distasteful. And yes, if the same article mentioned a bank robber being gay, I would feel the exact same way. I do not believe in defining people in what they do in their lives by their sexual orientation. When you do this it makes it seem as if him being gay is some obstacle he needs to overcome or a handicap of some sort. I believe that is the first true step towards equality and acceptance. This man is a hero, end of story.



  54. 54

    Why does it have to be her "GAY" Intern, why couldn't it just be her inter, Perez you are a tool !!! Also what is up with the fact that you have to double click on an article to read the comments now, your hits ratings going down after you have turned your "celebrity" news site into your own personal Gay new site? Remind me to start emailing your sponsors and let them know how you are padding your numbers



  55. 55

    why is it necessary to mention that he's gay? he could have saved her life gay or not, you're an asshole.



  56. 56

    Re: Lemonbear – you really don't know all the individuals who are posting that there shouldn't be labels, so to make an assumption that ALL the people claiming he shouldn't label them, are themselves labelers is a bit of a stretch and very presumptuous.



  57. 57

    I was very upset to read that we had to title this brave man as "gay" (whether he is or is not) considering it means nothing to the story, but then i went to read the comments people had left and I am even more upset that people are bashing Perez for using a title (which is wrong), and then name calling. Grow up people, we don't have to get upset and name call…be adults and state your opinion and move on!



  58. 58

    Glad I'm not the only one that was shaking my head while reading this. Everyone has already said it, but why did they have to label him the "gay intern"? There's no need for labels, what he did was heroic and that's the important thing.



  59. 59

    perez your an idiot



  60. 60

    So if he was straight you were refer to him as the straight intern?



  61. 61

    I'm sorry, but does his sexual preference have any relevance to this story at all? It's a serious question. Because if not, then shall we also mention his ethnicity, his height and his weight? Because I find that pretty relevant as well. You know what, I wanna know what he usually eats for breakfast, and does he like apples? Now, that is important.



  62. 62

    Let me chime in with the rest of the clan. WHAT THE FUCK DOES HIM BEING GAY have to do with him saving a life????

    Is this part of your GAY agenda to make GAY people look good?

    Yea
    yea
    You're a douche perez.

    From now on if anyone does anything you HAVE to mention whether they like the same gender or not.
    How about that.



  63. 63

    I have to ask once again: What is wrong with you people? All of you keep saying "we shouldn't label"…blah blah. Well guess what? If everyone REALLY felt that way, then we'd all be equal under the law, now wouldn't we? So many of you have said "black", "overweight", and other stupid examples. The last I checked, fat people could get married……unless they're GAY!! And also, how does it not make sense to use a heroic gesture as a time to mention gay? Sure, people NEVER associate cowards with gay people, when they think gay they think "Superman". You F-ing morons. Why don't all you self-righteous moaners get off your soap boxes and into a ballet box and vote what you preach?



  64. 64

    Re: Victorialove – Gay rights have absolutely nothing to do with this article. He wants equality for all? Then recognized people for who they are and what they've accomplished, and leave sexuality out of it unless it's relevant. As another person said… this intern is a bit heavy set. New headline, Perez: "…reunion with the big fat gay intern…."



  65. 65

    you know.. it is no one setting same-sex oriented people back but people like you.. if a straight person were to say that "gay intern" he/she would be labeled a homophobe because there is absolutely no reason what so ever to point out that this person is gay..fucking idiot..



  66. 66

    Wishing her a good recovery



  67. 67

    Re: IThoughtItFirst – I think you have misunderstood. All of the comments were saying is that the fact that this intern is homosexual has NOTHING to do with the story and therefore is irrelevant to mention. (i.e. Doughnut Lovin Daryl Saves Kitten!) Doughnuts have NOTHING to do with Daryl saving the kitten, so why mention it! People want equality, but pointing out the fact that he's gay makes it in an unequal stance. The fact that this intern is homosexual doesn't make him and less or better of a person and was ill written by Mario (or his ghostwriter)

  68. danjf says – reply to this


    68

    People do not care about that u saved a life if u are gay !!!!They will still treat u bad because ur gay and it does not matter to them that u r gay because u are worthless also if u saved a LIFE!!! THAT IS WHY IT IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT ALSO GAY PEOPLE CAN DO GREAT THINGS AND ARE NORMAL PEOPLE U CARE ABOUT LIFE AND PEOPLE AND ARE NOT SICK OTHERWISE IT SAYS THAT GAYS COULD NEVER DO SUCH THINGS LIKE SAVNG A LIFE BEACAUSE THEY ARE SICK . AND PEOPLE DONT FORGET ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE SAYIN I NEVER SAW GAYS DO GREAT THINGS FOR SOCIETY THEY WANT TO BE TREATED LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE BUT NEVER DID ANYTHING FOR SOCIETY !

    PEREZ TELL THEM THAT HE IS GAY AND ALWAYS HIGHLIGHT IF SOMEONE IS GAY BECAUSE PEOPLE ALWAYS THINK GAYS ARE A MINORITY BUT THERE'S LIVIN MORE THAN 50 MILLIONS
    gays arpund the world plus bisexuals(seperated counted)

  69. danjf says – reply to this


    69

    You are so right Perez !Tell'em that he is gay! It is important beCause of the fact that homosexuals are still treAted like animals and also other groups say that homosexuals should fight more aggressive for their rights! Straight people got their rights through intolerance and that is why gays and bisexuals etc do not have to be tolerant . Gays and bisexuals are allowed to scream and fight for their rights like they'd be executed in the NEXT weeks !

  70. danjf says – reply to this


    70

    Why it is important to say that he is gay? Because straight people think it is natural to be straight and that only straight people could do great things for society.
    If no one would tell the crowd that the one who saved her life is gay then everyone else would think that is a boy who will have a girlfriend , a family and will earn big money …but that is maybe not the case cuz of the fact that he is gay …and people have to know that he is gay because we wanna see reaction!!!! In so many cases gay people are so succesfull and no one respects that ! Also if u are succesfull in Life poeple will always treat you like a monster or a sick person beacause you are gay I know it … I also saved a Life but the one I saved did not like that I am gay …II'm still the sick homosexual for the one I saved that is normal if you are homosexual …:(

  71. danjf says – reply to this


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    Re: Bloody Jenny

    IT IS IMPORTNAT TO HIGHLIGHT IT ! BECAUSE FOR STRAIGHT PEOPLE IT IS ALWAYS NORMAL THAT SOMEONE WHO DID SOMETHIN' GREAT IS AUTOMATICALLY "STRAIGHT" BUT NOT ONLY STRAIGHT PEOPLE DO A LOT OF GREAT THINGS!!! THERE IS ALSO GAYS BISEXUALS AND TRANSGENDERS AND NOT ONLY STRAIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  72. danjf says – reply to this


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    Re: AquafevaRe: Bloody Jenny

    IT IS IMPORTNAT TO HIGHLIGHT IT ! BECAUSE FOR STRAIGHT PEOPLE IT IS ALWAYS NORMAL THAT SOMEONE WHO DID SOMETHIN' GREAT IS AUTOMATICALLY "STRAIGHT" BUT NOT ONLY STRAIGHT PEOPLE DO A LOT OF GREAT THINGS!!! THERE IS ALSO GAYS BISEXUALS AND TRANSGENDERS AND NOT ONLY STRAIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. danjf says – reply to this


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    Re: IKARUSRe: Bloody Jenny

    IT IS IMPORTNAT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT HE IS GAY ! BECAUSE FOR STRAIGHT PEOPLE IT IS ALWAYS QUITE NATURAL TO THINK THAT SOMEONE WHO DID SOMETHIN' GREAT IS IS"STRAIGHT" BUT NOT ONLY STRAIGHT PEOPLE DO A LOT OF GREAT THINGS!!! THERE IS ALSO GAYS BISEXUALS AND TRANSGENDERS AND NOT ONLY STRAIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT ARE DOIN GREAT THINGS IN THIS WORLD!!!

  74. danjf says – reply to this


    74

    IT IS IMPORTNAT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT HE IS GAY ! BECAUSE FOR STRAIGHT PEOPLE IT IS ALWAYS QUITE NATURAL TO THINK THAT SOMEONE WHO DID SOMETHIN' GREAT IS "STRAIGHT" BUT NOT ONLY STRAIGHT PEOPLE DO A LOT OF GREAT THINGS!!! THERE IS ALSO GAYS BISEXUALS AND TRANSGENDERS AND NOT ONLY STRAIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT ARE DOIN GREAT THINGS IN THIS WORLD!!!
    it is quite NATURAL for straight politicans to say I am proud to have 6 children !!!!!And what's the matter ?Are u a better person just beacuse you have 6 children ? THAT IS THE WAY STRAIGHT PEOPLE ARE AND HOW THEY ACT !!! THAT IS WHY ALSO GAY PEOPLE ETC. are allowed to highlight that someone is gay and did somethin'great . BECAUSE TO BRING 6 CHILDREN INTO THE WORLD AND TO HIGHLIGHT IT IS THE QUITE NATURAL FOR STRAIGHTS AND YES THEY WANNA HIGHLIGHT IT BEACUSE IT DEFINES THEM AS STRAIGHT TO HAVE 6 CHILDREN AND TO BE PROUD OF IT AND THE EUROPEAN GAYS LIKE I AM ARE PROUD IF SOMEONE WHO IS GAY DID SOMETHIN GREAT BECAUSE THEN WE ARE ALSO ALLOWED TO HIGHLIGHT IT !!! BECAUSE STRAIGHT POEPLE ARE ALLOWED TO HIGHLIGHT THEM FOR 6 CHILDREN ! THERE IS NO REASON TO BE PROUD TO HAVE SIX CHILDREN CUT IT DOES NOT MAKE U A BETTER HUMAN BEING SO STRAIGHT PEOPLE PLEASE DO NOT HIGHLIGHT IT CUZ OTHERWISE GAYS ARE ALSO ALLOWED TO HIGHLIGHT THAT THAT SOMEONE WHO DID SOMETHIN GREAT IS "GAY"

  75. danjf says – reply to this


    75

    Re: JamesterCK – There ia a need to highligh it !Ih the one who saved her life would say that he is gay then the crowd would stop honoring him because he is gay and people think gays are sick or unmoral…why should he not be allowed to say that he is gay??? because it is ungodly? STRAIGHT PEOPLE DO ALWAYS LABEL AND HIGHLIGHT THEMSELVS !!!!I AM HAVING SIX CHILDREN AN I AM STRAIGHT AND WANNA HAVE A SAME SEX MARRIAGE BAN AND I SAVED A LIFE ! U STRAIGHT PEOPLE HIGHLIGHT YOURSELF EVERYDAY ! AND THEN IT COMES A GAY MAN AND IS HIGHLIGHT AND THEN U ARE SCREAMIN THERI IS NO RESONS TO LABEL AND IT DOES NOT MATTER THAT HE IS GAY!!!
    BIGOTS!IT DOES MATTER THAT HE IS GAY!