@ltdanchoi posted this to Twitter today:
TSgt Leonard Matlovich, Gay American Hero, died 22 years ago today. http://tiny.cc/8fd8s #LGBT #DADT
and the link below is a Youtube video that is a must watch video. One of the reasons why I have not been a big fan of the recent compromise to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) is because of people like Leonard Matlovich who was discharged for being gay, long before DADT existed. The repeal does not allow gay and lesbian service members to serve openly. It simply returns things to the way they were before DADT was passed- a time when heroes like Leonard Matlovich were discharged. The epitath on his grave marker (also seen on his AIDS Quilt panel) reads:
When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.
In a recent dialogue on Facebook about the failings of Pride, someone commented that GLBT’s today don’t know their history, and don’t know the names of the heroes that have come before us. Everyone should know the name of Leonard Matlovich.
More info is found at leonardmatlovich.com