Born On The 4th Of July: 12 American LGBT War Heroes

With Americans ready to grill, beach and firework it this July 4, it’s important to remember what we’re celebrating: the birth of our nation with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, an act of rebellion that lead to a bloody and costly war.

No doubt there were members of the queer community among Washington’s troops, as there have been in every conflict this country has faced. So we’re taking time to salute some LGBT service members through history who have helped America remain the Land of the Free, even as they themselves were shackled with silence.

Click through for Queerty’s Independence Day roundup of LGBT veterans.