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“Never again; never forget”

Leonard Matlovich gravesite THUMB

Twenty-three years ago, I stood with a crowd of mourners before an open grave in Washington’s Congressional Cemetery as we chanted, “Never forget Leonard Matlovich.”

I didn’t forget.

In fact, with the end of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy this week, I’ve had good reason to remember the gay man who first stood up for the right to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces back in 1975.

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