On September 2nd, during my 28 day road trip around the United States, I visited with discharged Airman 1st Class Kelsey Snipes in Clovis, NM. During the visit and interview Kelsey took out her Airman’s coin and told me “I still carry this my coin in my pocket everyday.”
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
Image ©Jo Ann Santangelo 2010, can not be used without permission.
Kelsey’s portrait along with the 65 other LGBT Veterans in “Proud to Serve” will be on exhibit at the LGBT Center (www.gaycenter.org) in Manhattan opening on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2010.
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