Proud to Serve: A Photo Essay & Multi-Media Exhibit by Jo Ann Santangelo

| September 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

Proud to Serve is a portrait essay and multimedia piece featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) American service members who served their country in silence or were discharged under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. Over the last two years, I visited the homes and documented the stories of these men and women. I started Proud to Serve, when I was a student at the International Center of Photography ( in Manhattan (2008-2009). I have never been in the military; I don’t come from a military family. I am a lesbian. Before starting this project, I never really thought about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” or gays in the military … open the spread below to read more

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