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Speaking Out: LGBT Veterans (Experiencing War, Stories from the Veterans History Project, Library of Congress)
While military service oftentimes demands sacrifices from those in uniform, historically, LGBT veterans have faced a unique set of challenges. For many of these veterans, following a call to serve meant keeping their private lives entirely private, for fear that exclusionary policies would hold them back or end their careers altogether. Here, we present stories of LGBT veterans who served from the WWII era to the present, that illustrate these veterans’ bravery, honesty, and unwavering dedication to their country.
Image:  Clifton Francis Arnesen, Jr.Clifton F. Arnesen, Jr.
ARMY
Cold War

Audio Interview, Photos, Memoir
Image: Miriam Ben-ShalomMiriam Ben-Shalom
ARMY
Cold War

Audio Interview
Image: Nathaniel Glover ButlerNathaniel G. Butler
NAVY
Vietnam War

Video Interview
Image: Franklin E KamenyAndrew James Chier
MARINE CORPS
Iraq War
Afghan War


Audio Interview, Photos
Image: Cristina A. FrisbyCristina A. Frisby
NAVY/ARMY
Cold War
Iraq War


Multimedia Recordings, Audio Interview, Photos
Image: Ric Gleason-MendozaRic Gleason-Mendoza
ARMY
Korean War

Interview Transcript
Image: Elizabeth Lates HillmanElizabeth L. Hillman
AIR FORCE
Persian Gulf War

Audio Interview
Image: Franklin E KamenyFranklin E. Kameny
ARMY
World War II

Video Interview
Image: Carolyn Dusty PruittCarolyn Dusty Pruitt
ARMY
Vietnam War

Audio Interview
Image: Kathleen Anne Nice Robbins
Kathleen A. Robbins
AIR FORCE
Vietnam War

Video Interview
Image: Tammy SmithTammy Smith
ARMY
Afghan War

Video Interview
Image: Rupert StarrRupert Starr
ARMY
World War II

Audio Interview
Image: Brenda A. VosbeinBrenda A. Vosbein
ARMY
Cold War
Perisan Gulf War


Video & Audio Interviews
Image: JaeLee WaldschmidtJaeLee Waldschmidt
NAVY
War on Terrorism

Video Interview, Photos
Image: Richard D. WilliamsRichard D. Williams
AIR FORCE
Vietnam War
Persian Gulf War


Video Interview
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