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Memorial Day also honors LGBTQ service members

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Frank Kameny leads a picket line in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July 4, 1965, four years before the Stonewall uprising in New York City.

Kameny, who served in World War II and later as a civil service astronomer with the U.S. Army’s Map Service, was fired and banned from federal employment in 1957 because he was gay.

Photo: New York Public Library. Many LGBTQ+ people who served their country had to do it in silence. They faced a hostile environment where they feared being court martialed, dishonorably discharged, or worse.

In December 2010, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 created a complicated pathway for gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military.

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