Lesbian Air Force Colonel Invited To Obama’s State Of The Union Address

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.”

Source: Air Force Times. Photo: Servicemembers United

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  • James

    I served in USAF as a Capt. from 1977-81 and had an AF spy (no joke) confront me m’room.

  • WillBFair

    Looks like they sat her next to a beautiful blonde. That was a classy move. It shows the world that even the beautiful people are comfortable with gay folk.
    As for the speech, go daddy!
    Only because the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a bit before my time, I can say that President Obama is the greatest orator of my generation. His earlier speeches may have been too heavy on the rhetoric. But this one was picture perfect.
    Of course, as all people will know before I’m through, the greatest American orators of all time are Dr. King and Abraham Lincoln, a black man and a queen. They’re both so far off the scale, it’s impossible to choose between them.

  • Rainfish2000

    @WillBFair: Actually, the chroniclers of the period wrote that Abraham Lincoln had a high pitch, squeaky, nasal voice — kind of like Ron Paul. Also, his crypt-keeper visage wouldn’t make it very far in the mass media market of today’s polished and hair-sprayed political arena. Still, ol’ Ab wrote some pretty good speeches. Point-in-fact, a very small crowd gathered to listen to his Gettysburg address, but most could not hear it and many just walked away. It was the publication in the newspapers of the very same speech that made it so famous — not Lincoln’s verbal rendition of it.

    Still, I agree that Obama is a great “speechifier”. Too bad he’s all talk. He’s someone who lends very little moral/political support to the concerns of the GLBT community and their heart-wrenching struggle to achieve equal rights.

    Yes, Obama is a great speaker — albeit an invertebrate leader.

  • WillBFair

    There’s more to oratory than timbre and hairdos. For me, it’s mostly about style and content. Abe was aces at both.

  • WillBFair

    @Rainfish2000: And Obama does what he can for our community according to the political posibilities. We’re a weak constituency, and our strategies are often dumb. When the community cleans up its act, I’ll feel free to criticize Obama on his nonaction.

  • WillBFair

    @Rainfish2000: You’re right. He is an invertebrate and has been a big disappointment. But he’s done a passable job in a horrible situation. And I comfort myself by celebrating the fact of the first African American President.

  • the crustybastard

    Gosh! A homo got an invitation to an event?

    Free at last.


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