Gay martyr in the military


Allen Schindler (1969-1992) brought international interest to anti-gay hate crimes and gays in the military when he died on this date (Oct. 27) in 1992.

Perhaps Allen Schindler is resting far more peacefully now that the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, do not tell” policy against gays and lesbians in the military ended on Sept. 20, 2011.

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Allen Schindler: LGBTQ function the military highlighted by murder of gay sailor

These days also takes place to be Navy Day in the United States. Remembering the service of Allen Schindler is a fitting way to mark the day.

Allen R. Schindler, Jr.

Schindler was a U.S. naval petty officer who was brutally beaten to death for the reason that he was gay by two of his shipmates in a public restroom in Sasebo, Japan. Schindler’s murder was cited by President Bill Clinton and other folks in the debate about gays in the military that culminated in the “don’t ask, do not tell” policy. The crime is portrayed in an epic painting by gay artist Matthew Wettlaufer, who tends to make connections amongst anti-gay violence and other human rights struggles in his art.

At initial the Navy attempted to cover up the situations of Schindler’s death. The film “Any Mother’s Son” tells the accurate story of how his mother, Dorothy Hadjys-Holman, overcame her personal homophobia and Naval cover-up attempts to get justice for her gay son. She also spoke at the 1993 March on Washington for LGBT Rights.

Wettlaufer discusses his painting of Schindler and his other gay-associated political art in my earlier post “New paintings honor gay martyrs.”

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American Veterans for Equal Rights
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