Maj. Kiersten Thompson
Maj. Kiersten Thompson was a cadet in Texas State's Air Force ROTC Detachment 840 under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which prevented service members from being openly queer without the threat of being discharged. As a lesbian, she struggled with having to keep part of her identify a secret, but she found supportive friends at Texas State whom she was able to be open with. She graduated on Dec. 18, 2010, the same day the Senate passed the Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. She remembers the relief she felt as she realized she would finally be able to share her full self with the people she served alongside. Her full story is featured in the Texas State Digital Newsroom.
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