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Alma and Daniel Hernandez

Alma and Daniel Hernandez are a dynamic brother-sister duo; each with a powerful story to tell. 

Raised in a loving Mexican-American home, they harnessed their family’s love and support as a springboard to forge their own paths.


During their adolescence, Alma and Daniel each faced unexpected traumas that could have derailed their plans. Instead, they chose to use their healing experiences to help others and turn their struggles into a driving force for service and advocacy.


Their journeys eventually led them to the Arizona House of Representatives, where they each championed unique identity-focused causes. Daniel became a vocal advocate for LGBTQ issues, drawing from his own experiences as a gay man. Alma focused on Holocaust awareness and education, inspired by the discovery of her Jewish heritage.


Listen in as Gil uncovers Daniel and Alma’s incredible stories of resilience and how they shifted their focus outward to heal themselves and help their communities.

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storymark is hosted by Gil Galanos. Our Producer is Elie Bleier. Our Associate Producer is Rebekah Sebastian. Our Editor is Zev Levi.

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