margarethe cammermeyer


“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.“ – Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer

Just a few of the LGBTQ veterans who have served since the first day of the Republic: Harvey Milk, Margarethe Cammermeyer, Leonard Matlovich, Johnnie Phelps, Kristen Beck, and Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, “the savior of the Revolution.”


Ship: Margarethe/Diane
Film/TV Show: Serving in Silence [Film] 1995
Canonical Pairing: Yes | No | Undecided
Characters: Margarethe Cammermeyer, Diane 
Actors: Glenn Close, Judy Davis
Ending: Happy | Sad | Ongoing | Undecided
Other Traits: Older Ladies, True Story, Positive LGBTQ representation
Why you should watch it: It’s a true story about a woman named Margarethe Cammermeyer, who was the highest ranked officer ever discharged for being gay. It has great actors, a great story and an even better message. Everyone in the community should see this.
What you may not like about it: Very infuriating to see what we’ve had to go through as a community, and reflective of what we go through now. 

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Serving in Silence

Margarethe Cammermeyer - one of the first openly gay women serving in the military. She revealed she was homosexual during a security clearance check in 1989 and was honorably discharged. She sued in civil court and was reinstated in 1994. Eventually, after her retirement, she was promoted to the defense advisory for women in the military which reports directly to the Department of Defense.

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‘Serving In Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story’

'Serving In Silence’ starring Glenn Close and Judy Davis

The true story of a decorated officer’s legal challenge, and her involuntary discharge from the US Army when she admitted she was homosexual. She was asked directly about her sexuality during an interview after applying for top secret security clearance. She answered honestly. Margarethe Cammermeyer was a Colonel in the United States Army. She served for over two decades.

“I would rather lose my uniform than lose my integrity.” - Margarethe Cammermeyer

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