Aug 10, 2012

ATTENTION PLEASE: Tammy Smith Comes Out as She is Promoted to Brigadier General, Becomes Highest Ranking Gay Military Figure

Army reserve officer Tammy Smith (pictured with her wife Tracey Hepner) was promoted to Brigadier General today, and came out of the closet at the same time, the Stars and Stripes reports:

What she glosses over is that along with the promotion she is also publicly acknowledging her sexuality for the first time, making her the first general officer to come out as gay while still serving. It comes less than a year after the end of the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” law.

“All of those facts are irrelevant,” she said. “I don’t think I need to be focused on that. What is relevant is upholding Army values and the responsibility this carries.” HERE

·  Thanks to Tammy Smith, Brigadier General
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June Butler said...

Good for Tammy. I wish her all the best.

Leonard said...

Me too...I only disagree with a tiny bit of does matter to young Lesbians that she shattered the BIG BRASS cieling and we need to know such amazing things!

June Butler said...

True, but she did it in her own time. She might have been thrown out had she done it while DADT was in force. Then, too, I feel as if I shouldn't even have an opinion.