21 Top News Stories of the Year

BY Lucas Grindley

November 14 2011 4:00 AM ET

ANDERSON COOPER RODEMEYER FAMILY X390 (GRABS) | ADVOCATE.COM

 5. Gabrielle Giffords’s Heroic Intern
Daniel Hernandez stayed by the Arizona congresswoman’s side after she was shot in the head by a gunman, helping to save her life. As Giffords’s comeback continues, she and Hernandez are a reminder that Americans—including gay Americans—are brave in the face of adversity.

(RELATED: Hernandez: I Am Not a Hero)
 

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