The Urban Institute estimates there are more than 1 million lesbian and gay veterans currently living in the United States. An additional 65,000 are currently serving on active duty, in the National Guard, and Reserves.
As Veterans Day approaches, read stories of LGBT veterans, or share your own on the Human Rights Campaign site.
The Human Rights Campaign, in collaboration with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) join in recognizing the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender veterans through the project "Documenting Courage: Veterans Speak Out."
AVER is also organizing a Coming Out campaign for veterans, 11 October through 11 November. An article about the significance of this campaign for college students may be found here: National Veterans Day Coming Out Day.
Resources and referral for those currently serving: Service Members Legal Defense Network.