November 11, 2017 12:00 pm
On Veteran’s Day, the national capital region’s LGBT community will come together to hold a wreath laying ceremony and memorial service at the Congressional Cemetery. The ceremony is held at the grave of Technical Sergeant Leonard Matlovich in the LGBT section of the cemetery. Sgt. Matlovich was a Vietnam veteran who rose to fame in 1975 by becoming the first gay service member to publicly reveal his sexuality, challenging the military’s exclusion on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. He appeared on the cover of Time Magazine and the front page of The New York Times, speaking out for the rights of LGBT service members until his death in 1988. Adjacent to the grave for Leonard Matlovich is the grave for our friend, veteran, and local activist Frank Kameny.
Held in honor of the LGBT men and women who have served the U.S. as soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, and coast guardsmen. This years’ service will be held on Saturday, November 11, at 12:00 PM at the Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE, Washington, DC 20003.