PROUD TO SERVE by Jo Ann Santangelo

This being Veteran's Day in the U.S. (and Armistice day in the U.K.) I thought it only relevant to post something related to the military.

Photographer Jo Ann Santangelo has produced a series of portraits and some multimedia on the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender American military who served in silence or were discharged under the current Don't Ask, Don't Tell law. This is a situation that, personally I find ridiculous. It is institutionalised discrimination and should stop. Regardless of what I think of the Military in general (I'm no big fan of war, let's put it that way) if someone wants to do this job, their sexuality should have no bearing on their ability to do it.

Air Force Coin of Airman First Class Kelsey Snipes, US Air Force Feb 17 2009-Nov 5, 2009. She was discharged after her roommate reported her for homosexual activities. Kelsey was an Aerospace Medical Services Apprentice (Medic) Stationed at Sheppard AFB Wichita Falls, TX

The work is on show in New York at the LGBT Center, 208 W.13th Street (7th/8th Ave). There will be an opening reception and a moderated panel today, November 11th from 5:30-9:00pm.

There is also a self published book of the project for sale on her website.

Check it out.

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