When President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address tonight at 9pm EST, most of us will be watching from our living rooms. Not openly gay Air Force Col. Ginger Wallace—she’ll be sitting with the First Lady in a VIP box in the Capitol.
It’s a big change for Wallace (at right) who, until last September, had to hide the very existence of her girlfriend of more than a decade, Kathy Knopf. Knopf will be at a special viewing event at the White House for family members of the military personnel invited to the address.
The Air Force Times reports that Wallace, who is currently prepping for a deployment to Afghanistan, said she and Knopf are “honored and humbled really to represent all of the exceptional people who serve… and how far we’ve come.”