A LIFE OF HONOR short film, audience reactions
FESTIVAL AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEOS • LGBT, Short Films
A LIFE OF HONOR, 3min., USA, Animation/Documentary
Directed by Richard O'Connor
When Joseph Patton joined the Navy in 1955, he recalls serving in silence, as the LGBTQIA+ community could not be open while in the military. Despite being the “perfect sailor,” Joseph was kicked out of the Navy for being friends with gay service members, under the assumption that he was homosexual. Due to the status of his “undesirable discharge,” Joseph was unable to receive any benefits for his service in the Navy. Years later, Joseph came to StoryCorps to reflect on his journey and share his resilience, as he fought and successfully changed his status to “honorable discharge.”
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