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Leonard Matlovich | Vietnam War Veteran | Pride T-Shirt

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Leonard Matlovich | Vietnam War Veteran | Pride T-Shirt | Be Educational | Read Bio Below

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The unisex heavy cotton tee is the basic staple of any wardrobe. It is the foundation upon which casual fashion grows. All it needs is a personalized design to elevate things to profitability. The specialty spun fibers provide a smooth surface for premium printing vividity and sharpness. No side seams mean there are no itchy interruptions under the arms. The shoulders have tape for improved durability.

.: 100% cotton (fiber content may vary for different colors)
.: Medium fabric (5.3 oz/yd² (180 g/m²))
.: Classic fit
.: Tear-away 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."