The Air Force expelled her in 1955 for being a lesbian. Now, at 90, she is fighting backThe Washington Post
January 11, 2018
Her military career was over when she inked her name on the document. On March 3, 1955, James received an “undesirable” discharge from the Air Force.
Helen James at her home in California.
(Courtesy of Helen James)
James went on to a very successful life after the military. But she never fully pulled free from the experience. Now, at 90, and living in California, she’s fighting to right the historical wrong with a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force. The complaint asks the court to upgrade her discharge to “honorable,” thus restoring the California woman’s rights and honor as a veteran.read more here