Sat Aug 31, 2013, 02:43 AM
Rhiannon12866 (72,252 posts)
Advocate for gays in US military killed in New York state car crash
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Darren Manzella, a gay combat medic discharged from the Army after criticizing the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy in a 2007 television interview, has died in a traffic accident in western New York. He was 36.
His aunt, Robin Mahoney, on Friday confirmed his death. Manzella lived in the Chautauqua County town of Portland; he and his partner were married in July.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Manzella was driving on Interstate 490 in suburban Rochester about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when his vehicle sideswiped a car. Deputies said he stopped his vehicle, got out and began pushing the car from behind. He was then hit by an SUV, pinning him between the two vehicles. He died at the scene.
Manzella's December 2007 appearance on "60 Minutes" from the combat zone in Iraq was followed by his discharge in June 2008 for "homosexual admission," a violation of the since-rescinded policy prohibiting service members from openly acknowledging they are gay.
Darren Manzella, who was discharged from the Army after criticizing U.S. policy on gays in the military, has been killed in a traffic accident.
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Sat Aug 31, 2013, 04:36 AM
Chemisse (22,908 posts)
1. Here is someone who can say he truly helped make the world a better place.
In a mere 36 years.
My sympathy goes out to his spouse and family members.