Bob and Pam's 1st radio interview on WCPT Chicago!
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"Silent Drums: Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!" Past actions inspire future progress— The fight for full LGBT equality is far from over! Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus— Bob LeBlanc repeatedly told Marine Corps investigators they "have no right to ask" if he's homosexual. Those defiant actions helped ignite civil rights movements. Winning marriage equality was barely the tip of the iceberg. "Silent Drums: Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!" reminds us of the sacrifices made in the past that we must build on well into the future because LGBT people still face often harsh discrimination in many states for employment, housing and medical care. Bob LeBlanc began fighting discrimination in 1965 as a Marine before, during and after 2 Combat tours in Vietnam… now he’s also battling terminal cancer caused by his exposure to Agent Orange. Bob's life spans the entire length of the LGBT civil rights movement and directly involves U. S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who in 1975, for the first time in U.S. history as a judge on the 9th circuit court of appeals issued a restraining order that stopped the Marine Corps from dishonorably discharging him for being Gay; but that didn’t come close to ending his personal struggle for full equality. Bob’s and husband Julio’s story will inspire you to fight ignorance and bigotry! Pam
Click the play button below and watch this video from 1976 news coverage of a demonstration in support of Bob’s final case against the Marine Corps outside the gates of Long Beach Barracks, Long Beach California!
Bob LeBlanc is mentioned in two Books:
"Conduct Unbecoming" by Randy Shilts and
"Do Ask Do Tell" by Bill Boushka