We are your daughters, your sisters, your sons, your nurses, your mechanics, your athletes, your police, your politicians, your fathers, your doctors, your soldiers, your mothers. We live with you, care for you, help you, protect you, teach you, love you, and need you. All we ask is that you let us. We are no different. We want to serve, like you. Need love, like you. Feel pain, like you. And we deserve justice, like you.
Margarethe Cammermeyer (b. 1942), U.S. nurse and U. S. Army officer. Serving in Silence, ch. 12 (1994).
In 1992, Colonel Cammermeyer was discharged from the U.S. Army three years after stating, during routine questioning for a top-security clearance, that she was a lesbian. At the time of her discharge, Cammermeyer was Chief Nurse of the Washington State National Guard. A twenty-six-year veteran, she had been the 1985 Veterans Administration Nurse of the Year and had won the Bronze Star for her duty in the Vietnam War. These words are from the conclusion of her autobiography.