Technical Sargeant Leonard P. Matlovich reveals his sexual orientation to his commanding officer and is forcibly discharged from the Air Force six months later. A Vietnam War veteran, Matlovich was awarded both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
His case resulted in articles in newspapers and magazines throughout the country, numerous television interviews, and a television movie on NBC. Matlovich became the first named openly gay person to appear on the cover of a U.S. news magazine when he appeared on the cover of the September 8, 1975 issue of Time.
On June 22, 1988, Matlovich died in Los Angeles of complications from HIV/AIDS