“The progay but antiwar alignment would have repercussions for decades to come, particularly for…”

“The progay but antiwar alignment would have repercussions for decades to come, particularly for those Americans who were gay and chose to serve in the U.S. military. The gay movement was against all forms of oppression, but it wanted nothing to do with the anguish of gays in uniform. In late August 1969, a week after a land mine blew Leonard Matlovich apart, the radical You Committee of the North American Conference of Homophile Organizations meeting in Kansas City resolved, ‘The homophile movement must totally reject the insane war in Vietnam and refuse to encourage complicity in the war and support of the war machine, which may well be turned against us. We oppose any attempts by the movement to obtain security clearances for homosexuals since they contribute to the war machine.’”

Conduct Unbecoming: Gays & Lesbians in the U.S. Military by Randy Shilts, page 96.