Foreign Policy

U.S. Army Names First Openly Lesbian General, Tammy S. Smith

| by Michael Allen

U.S. Army Officer Tammy S. Smith, on Sunday, was promoted the rank of Brigadier General, making her the first openly lesbian military general in U.S. history.

Smith, a co-founder of Military Partners and Families Coalition [LGBT advocacy group], openly admitted to being a lesbian by having her wife, Tracey Hepner, pin her first star to her uniform, reports the New York Times.

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