LGBT Veterans Honored at D.C. Wreath Laying Ceremony

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11/13/2018

Close to 100 people, including LGBT veterans and active duty LGBT service members, assembled at the grave site of gay Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich in D.C.’s Congressional Cemetery on Sunday to pay tribute to LGBT veterans. The Veterans Day event, organized by the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, included remarks by Major General Tammy Smith of the U.S. Army Reserves, who disclosed her status as a lesbian in 2012 shortly after the repeal of the military’s ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy. Organizers have said the annual wreath laying event is held at the Matlovich grave site because of Matlovich’s pioneering role as an advocate for ending the ban on allowing LGBT people to serve in the military when he disclosed his sexual orientation as an active duty airman in 1975.

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