Leonard Matlovich | Vietnam War Veteran | Pride Jersey Tank
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Leonard Matlovich | Vietnam War Veteran| Pride Jersey Tank | Be Educational | Read Bio Below
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The men's soft-style tank top has a slight taper under the arms. To avoid any pinching, this area has extra space built in. The garment is made from cotton - with polyester in heather colors. There are no side seams - further increasing the fitting comfort. All bindings are the same fabric as the main body. The fine-quality print will make your design look stunning.
.: 100% Ringspun cotton (fiber content may vary for different colors) .: Light Fabric (4.5 oz/yd² (153 g/m²)) .: Sleeker fit .: Tear away the label .: Runs true to size
Leonard Matlovich | Vietnam War Veteran(July 6, 1943 – June 22, 1988) was an American Vietnam War veteran, race relations instructor, and recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was the first gay service member to purposely out himself to the military to fight their ban on gays, and perhaps the best-known openly gay man in the United States of America in the 1970s, next to Harvey Milk. After coming out of the closet, his fight to stay in the United States Air Force became a cause célèbre around which the gay community rallied. His case resulted in articles in newspapers and magazines nationwide, numerous television interviews, and a television movie on NBC. His photograph appeared in Time magazine's September 8, 1975, issue, making him a symbol for thousands of gay and lesbian service members and gay people generally. Matlovich was the first named openly gay person to appear on the cover of a U.S. news magazine. According to author Randy Shilts, "It marked the first time the young gay movement had made the cover of a major newsweekly. The event was a major turning point for a movement still struggling for legitimacy."