Leonard Matlovich - Wikipedia - Gay air force men
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Technical Sergeant Leonard Philip Matlovich (July 6, – June 22, ) was a Vietnam War veteran, race relations instructor, and recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Matlovich was the first gay service member to purposely out himself to the His fight to stay in the United States Air Force after coming out of the closet. The United States military formerly excluded gay men, bisexuals, and lesbians from service. . Rather than return Matlovich to duty, the Air Force offered him a cash settlement of $,, which Matlovich accepted. The Army tried to discharge.