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Update: Lesbian air force veteran, 90, wins her ‘honorable discharge’ 60+ years after expulsion

A 90-year-old lesbian has won her campaign to see her expulsion from the military changed to an honorable discharge.

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Canada: Military postal clerk fired for being a lesbian awaits apology from Ottawa

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The lead plaintiff of an Atlantic Canadian lawsuit against the Department of National Defence says she’s eager to hear an official apology this afternoon in Ottawa.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said 57-year-old Alida Satalic of Dartmouth, N.S., who has travelled to Ottawa to hear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau say Canada is sorry for decades of harassment of LGBT people in the military, RCMP and federal civil service.

Continue reading at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/military-lgbt-apology-military-postal-clerk-1.4421657 (Source)

U.S: The Air Force expelled her in 1955 for being a lesbian. Now, at 90, she is fighting back.

[Helen] James was arrested and put through hours of humiliating interrogation. The questions were so harsh and disgusting James had to run to the latrine because she felt sick. Finally, after an interrogator threatened to go to her family, James relented. She said she would sign whatever they wanted.
Her military career was over when she inked her name on the document. On March 3, 1955, James received an “undesirable” discharge from the Air Force.

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This lesbian couple fell in love during basic training and couldn’t kiss until their last day

Though ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ had been repealed since, they still experienced difficulties being openly together.

‘We came into the Army quite aware that we were gay way before joining. It definitely still had a stigma when we were in. Really the treatment varied. One sergeant that we had was on a lesbian witch hunt, while another protected us. Overall though, it wasn’t a major issue,’ said Turner

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