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Leonard Matlovich

A Gay Vietnam Veteran

 
 
Leonard Matlovich Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 30, 2013
1. Leonard Matlovich Marker
The marker is based on the design of Sgt. Matlovich's tombstone, located in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC. Matlovich designed his own tombstone, and purposely left off his name in order that it become a memorial not just for him, but for all gay veterans. The pink triangle was originally used in concentration camps by the Nazis to identify homosexual men, but has since been adopted as a symbol of gay rights protest.
Inscription.
In memory of
Leonard Matlovich
who lived in this building for several years.

His epitaph reads:
A Gay Vietnam Veteran
When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.

Never Again      Never Forget
6 July 1943      22 June 1988

In 1975, Tech. Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, winner of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star made the military's ban on gays in the military a national issue when he appeared on the cover of Time magazine, He was arrested at the White House fighting against AIDS and always fought for full LGBT equality.
 
Erected 2008.
 
Location. 37° 45.658′ N, 122° 26.084′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of 18th Street and Castro Street, on the right when traveling west on 18th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94114, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tom Waddell (within shouting distance of this marker); Federico Garcia Lorca (within shouting distance of this marker); Oscar Wilde
Leonard Matlovich Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 30, 2013
2. Leonard Matlovich Marker - Wide View
The marker is mounted to the 18th Street side of the building, just visible here in the tree's shadow.
(within shouting distance of this marker); George Choy (within shouting distance of this marker); Alan Turing (within shouting distance of this marker); Allen Ginsberg (within shouting distance of this marker); Sylvester (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tennessee Williams (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  TSgt. Leonard Matlovich USAF - from Leonard Matlovich.com. IN 1975, Tech. Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, United States Air Force, with the guidance of Gay Movement Pioneer Frank Kameny, became the first to bring the government's decades of discrimination against gays and lesbians to national consciousness when he volunteered to tell his superiors that he was gay in order to create a test case.... (Submitted on April 4, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Civil Rights
 
Leonard Matlovich grave image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 25, 2015
3. Leonard Matlovich grave
At the Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street SE, Washington DC, Range 20, Site 161N.
Wide view of Leonard Matlovich grave image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 25, 2015
4. Wide view of Leonard Matlovich grave
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2013, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 2, 2013, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2. submitted on April 3, 2013, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3, 4. submitted on January 25, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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