I SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF ALL PEOPLE TO LIVE AS THEY WANT TO.

Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich (1943–1988) was a Vietnam War veteran, race relations instructor, and recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Matlovich was perhaps the best-known openly gay man in America in the 1970s. 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 outspoken manner resulted in articles in The New York Times 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 service members.[1] In October 2006, Matlovich was honored by GLBT History Month as a leader in the history of the GLBT community.

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15 Comments on “I SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF ALL PEOPLE TO LIVE AS THEY WANT TO.

  1. I'm with you all the way on this Mike.The epitaph says it all – medal for killing, discharge for loving – absolutely ridiculous!

  2. Regardless of whether you are for or against gays has no bearing. A persons sexual orientation does not determine their qualifications to do a job.

  3. Wow, that tombstone really says it all. I had never seen that tombstone before but I hope lots of people drop by and read it.

  4. Travis,Ann,Just Breath,Mountain woman,I believe in the live and let live policy.I also believe to discrimated for any reason is wrong as well.

  5. Great posting Mike. Leonard was indeed an inspiration. Good for you on posting this.Have a terrific day Mike. Big hug. 🙂

  6. Brother MIKE, you KNOW where I stand with this issue and I won't back down.JESUS said to love ALL mankind. Not just the ones we agree with. I completely and unwaveringly support the gay community. After all, they've tolerated mine!! :)Love and hugs to you for having the courage to stand up!

  7. A Stich In Thyme,I have had this belief for a very long time.A close friend of the family and some one I care about is a lesbian.I have worked with gay men as well.they respect me for me and I respect them the same way.

  8. Live and let live–I believe that the tombstone says it all. Thanks Mike for your open mindedness.

  9. Syd,I believe that if people were to be more tolerent of others that maybe we could get a dialog going that will lead to peace,Just a thought.

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