JANUARY 20: Fannie Mae Clackum is discharged (…

365daysoflesbians:

For many, today is bullshit. A symbol of hate and literal oppressor is taking in one of the most powerful positions in the world. It is during times like these that we must act, and what better way to be called to action than by recognizing one of the most badass women in history?

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Refusing to be dishonorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1952, Fannie Mae Clackum and Grace Garner were accused of homosexuality and fought the charges for eight years before they were dropped. They were demoted from their positions of corporals and lived together in Marietta, Georgia as they fought against their case in the United States Court of Claims.

Though the charges were dismissed on technicality, we still take today to celebrate the earliest known successful appeal where homosexuality was the reason for punishment within the United States military.   

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by lex lee.