San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
A Gay Vietnam Veteran
who lived in this building for several years.
His epitaph reads:
A Gay Vietnam Veteran
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.
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 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 •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2013, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 21 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.