More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
GLAAD and the Faith & Politics Institute Partner to Honor Leonard Matlovich
GLAAD along with the Faith & Politics Institute, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that provides civil rights tours for members of Congress and their staffs, remembered Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich as a part of the guided tour of the Congressional Cemetery.
The tour, co-hosted by Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Rep. Tammy Baldwin, featured the stories of veterans who helped advocate for women’s rights, who helped end slavery, as well as the stories of veterans who advocated for the rights of Native Americans.
GLAAD media-trained spokesperson and founding member of Servicemembers United Jarrod Chalapowski delivered a biographical reading of Vietnam War veteran T.S. Matlovich.
Matlovich, a Vietnam War veteran, was among the first service members to speak out against the ban on gay and lesbian soldiers serving openly, challenging his dishonorable discharge in the courts and sharing his story with media outlets across the country.
GLAAD is pleased to have worked with the Faith & Politics Institute to elevate Matlovich’s story. It is an important story as the nation pushes to make sure all gay and lesbian service members can serve openly.