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Proud to Serve: Brooklyn documentary photographer Jo Ann Santangelo Takes a Stand

Courtesy Story, Human Interest

Brooklyn - July, 2010 Over the last year, Brooklyn-based documentary photographer Jo Ann Santangelo, has been photographing and recording the stories of American service members in their homes. This on-going project is not just a portrait essay; it is also a multi-media piece in which these LGBT Veterans have a chance to tell their stories in their own words. Many told what her what it was like to serve as a gay person in the U.S. Military; some recounted the day they were told of their discharge. Capt. Joan Darrah recalled twenty years of hiding who she was and whom she loved.

Proud To Serve is a portrait essay of our Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender American Service Members who served their country in silence or were discharged under the current “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.



This project is currently seeking support through the artist funding initiative Kickstarter.com.

With the funds raised through kickstarter, Jo Ann will take a 4- week cross country road trip and help end this discriminatory policy and put a face on the statistics of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

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