This past week GAY U.S.A. the Movie filmed interviews and events at the historic first OutServe Military Leadership Summit in LasVegas; the first Military Leadership Summit for LGBT servicemembers since the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT.)
Here is our Article and Video filmed at the Summit which has been featured as our latest ADVOCATE Oped and Video Tribute – “ It is unimaginable to me that anyone vies for the highest position of commander-in-chief yet denigrates our service members and the freedoms for which they die.”
We say the greatest sacrifice of all is to give one’s life for one’s country. It is those who are left behind
who ensure the legacy. Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt was willing to die for his country, and notwithstanding their insurmountable grief, his parents are charged with ensuring their son’s relevance in a country that has failed LGBT service members.
Until the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” gay and lesbian service members had to serve in silence unable to reveal their true selves. On September 20, the Draconian law died, but not before Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt’s death. He was never able to enjoy the openness he deserved.
This Video is tribute to Andrew Wilfahrt, a fallen gay soldier, whose parents, still deep in their grief, attended the first ever post repeal of DADT Military Leadership Summit.
The Video is also available on You Tube at youtu.be/7KGMa2mgWV0
Video by Kristina Lapinski