Vintage gay

Leonard Matlovich

This week’s post deviates from many past posts that typically show couples but Technical Seargeant Leonard Philip Matlovich who was a Vietnam War veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star is recognized as the first gay service member to purposely out himself to the military to fight their ban on gays. 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 service members and gay people generally.

I dedicate this weekly post, featuring vintage gay photographs, to the men and women who lived in a more critical time where being true to yourself and loving who you want wasn’t always an option and came at a great price. Do you have a photo you would like to share? Email me at

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2 responses to “Vintage gay

  1. Sadly, he died of AIDS


  2. If anyone is ever in DC, he is buried at Congressional Cemetery in Capitol Hill. It’s the first cemetery in the U.S. to have a dedicated LGBTQ section and it’s beautiful. My husband runs the cemetery and it’s a cool place to visit.



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