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Leonard Matlovich – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia July 25, 2014

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Leonard MatlovichLeonard MatlovichMatlovich on the cover of Time magazineBorn July 6, 1943Savannah, Georgia, U.S.Died June 22, 1988 aged 44West Hollywood, California, U.S.Buried at Congressional Cemetery,Washington, D.C.Allegiance United States of AmericaService/branch United States Air ForceYears of service 1963-1975Rank Technical SergeantBattles/wars Vietnam WarAwards Bronze Star MedalPurple HeartAir Force Commendation MedalOther work Gay rights activistTechnical Sergeant Leonard P. Matlovich July 6, 1943 – June 22, 1988[1] was a Vietnam War veteran, race relations instructor, and recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.[2]Matlovich was the first gay service member to purposely out himself to the military to fight their ban on gays, and perhaps the best-known gay man in America in the 1970s next to Harvey Milk. His fight to stay in the United States Air Force after coming out of the closet became a cause célèbre around which the gay community rallied. His case resulted in articles in newspapers and magazines throughout the country, numerous television interviews, and a television movie on NBC. His photograph appeared on the cover of the September 8, 1975, issue of Time magazine, making him a symbol for thousands of gay and lesbian servicemembers and gay people generally.[3][4][5][6] Matlovich was the first openly gay person to appear on the cover of a U.S. newsmagazine.[7]

via Leonard Matlovich – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


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