The Camo Closet


Jen Hogg’s New York Army National Guard unit was called up shortly after 9/11. While straight soldiers kissed loved ones goodbye, she says, “I couldn’t. I could only sneak a quick hug with my partner.” No one asked, Hogg didn’t tell, and in 2005, she received an honorable discharge as a sergeant. Jo Ann Santangelo photographed Hogg (left) and her partner Jackie Scalone for Proud to Serve, a book about gays and lesbians in uniform in the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell era.

For more up-to-the-minute DADT-repeal motivation,
read Mother Jones‘ “Military Equality, Chapter II.

This photo appears in the January/February 2010 issue of Mother Jones.

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  • Jo Ann Santangelo is a photographer based in New York City. Her work has been featured in New York Magazine, Food & Wine, The Washington Post, Austin Monthly, Austin Woman, The Boston Phoenix and the Austin Chronicle.