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Stephen Snyder Hill is the US solider who became the face of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, which barred openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service. The controversial policy was repealed by the Obama administration on September 20th 2011. Stephen Snyder Hill was serving in Tikrit, Iraq. When key republican presidential candidates promised to restore the policy, Stephen Snyder Hill decided it was time to come out of the closet to his military colleagues. He sent a video question from Iraq to a republican debate on the issue of gay people in the military. The response was loud boos from the audience. It was a moment that thrust him into the national spotlight, and to the forefront of the gay rights movement. Image courtesy of Stephen Snyder-Hill
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