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LGBT, Latino resource centers set to welcome Daniel Hernandez Jr. for Oct. 15 presentation

October 8, 2012
Daniel Hernandez Jr.

Daniel Hernandez Jr.

Intern-turned-hero Daniel Hernandez Jr. will visit NIU at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, to speak as part of the LGBT Resource Center’s LGBTQ History Month and the Latino Resource Center’s Latino Heritage Month.

The event takes place in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center. It is free and open to the public.

When a gunman opened fire on Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and the crowd she was addressing Jan. 8, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz., Hernandez rushed to the lawmaker’s side. He was able to keep Giffords alive in time for paramedics to arrive on the scene. His quick actions saved Giffords’ life, which has allowed her to continue on her road to recovery.

Hernandez had become an intern for Giffords only a few days earlier.

In his lecture at NIU, he will share his dynamic personal story of growing up Latino and gay, and how those experiences prepared him for life-saving action.

This event is co-sponsored with NIU’s Student Association; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; Latino Resource Center; Prism; Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity;  Unity in Diversity; the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies; and LGBT Studies.

For more information, call (815) 753-5428 or email [email protected].