September 22, 1975: The Sad Story of Oliver Sipple, The Gay Man Who Saved President Ford’s Life

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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4 Responses

  1. kudos45454 says:

    Unbelievable president…. didn’t see the man who saved his life..

  2. Barbara Roth says:

    This is such a sad story. I was listening to NPR today and a journalist was interviewing Sipple’s nephew. It was told that Sipple’s so-called friend, Harvey Milk called a reporter and outed him for the good of the gay movement. So sad for Oliver.

  3. gordon Ignatowitz says:

    apparently, in this era, you couldn’t be gay and a hero in the same ……gri

  1. September 29, 2017

    […] Of Oliver Sipple, a man who thwarted an assassination attempt on Gerald Ford. After being outed in the press as gay by Harvey Milk, he was disowned by his family, became an alcoholic and died alone of pneumonia.. Ref: http://www.back2stonewall.com/2014/09/september-22-1975-sad-story-oliver-sipple-gay-man-saved-president-for… […]

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