Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Dog tags alert: Gay military exhibit opens

Out Ranks traces the history of gays and lesbians in the military -- from World War II to the war in Iraq. Opening Friday, it's billed as the first of its kind in the nation, the Chronicle says this morning. The show features photos and memorabilia, including:
  • The footlocker Leonard Matlovich took to Vietnam. Matlovich, awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, waged a public battle to stay in the Air Force after coming out. He appeared on a September 1975 cover of Time magazine with the headlines, "I am a Homosexual: The Gay Drive for Acceptance."

  • Photos of slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk in the Navy during the Korean War.

  • A blue certificate given to soldiers discharged during World War II for being gay.

When: Public reception Thursday night before the Friday opening. Where: Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Historical Society, 657 Mission St., third floor.

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