Sunday, October 23, 2005


On this day thirty years ago, Air Force Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, was given a general discharge after publicly declaring his homosexuality. When he died nine years later, aged 44, he was buried at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. His tombstone reads: "A gay Vietnam Veteran... they gave me a medal for killing two men & a discharge for loving one."

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