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  1. Charles
    September 8, 2011

    I was a subscriber to Time magazine and remembered when I got that issue. Frankly I did not know what to think about it all. Barriers were falling, but the resistance to the acceptance of homosexuals, such as myself, seemed to be unthinkable. I was 23 working in a CPA office at the time in a small southern town that was very conservative. I got my CPA license. The ironic thing was that one of the partners in the firm who was from my father’s generation had five children. Two of which, also, turned out to be homosexual. Today they both live normal productive lives. One works for CNN in Atlanta and the other is a physical education coach at a public school in North Carolina.

  2. Mark F.
    September 8, 2011

    One can compare that Time Magazine cover story to the infamous Life Magazine article of 1964 (a scant 11 years before) and see the progress. Now in 2011, incredible progress has been made. Too bad Matlovich never got to see anti-gay military discrimination end.

  3. Charles
    September 8, 2011

    What infamous Life Magazine cover are you referring to? By the way Matlovich did sadly die of AIDS and was buried in Arlington National Cemetary. On his tombstone it reads “When I was in the Military they gave me a medal for killing two men and discharge for loving one.”

    Here is link to s picture of his tombstone: http://www.leonardmatlovich.com/storyofhisstone.html

  4. Jim Burroway
    September 8, 2011

    I think he’s referring to this edition of Life Magazine.

  5. Timothy Kincaid
    September 8, 2011

    I would have to hunt for it, but if I recall correctly Matlovich was also uniquely qualified to challenge the law in that while he identified as gay, as of the time of his hearing he had not engaged in homosexual behavior. His challenge put to test the lie that it was just “behavior” that was objectionable.

  6. Charles
    September 8, 2011

    “I would have to hunt for it, but if I recall correctly Matlovich was also uniquely qualified to challenge the law in that while he identified as gay, as of the time of his hearing he had not engaged in homosexual behavior. His challenge put to test the lie that it was just “behavior” that was objectionable.” Please find out if that is the fact.

    I did find out about the 1964 article in Life magazine. There was no cover that depicted a homosexual. It was just an article in Life magazine, which at that time was more some like People magazine, but a bit more serious in just a larger format with better photography.

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