Tedosio Samora grew up California’s central valley during the 1950s, where there were few role models for a young, Mexican American boy coming to terms with his sexuality. Ted volunteered for military service out of a sense of patriotic duty. After he returned to the States, Ted had to investigate suspected homosexual troops. “Having some of those feelings too, and kicking some of those guys out, it was very hard. I disagree with it very much, because I know that it has been going on since the military began. They’ve always had Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” (Photo courtesy of Ted Samora.)