Meet Melvin Dwork. He was labeled “deviant” and “undesirable” from 1944 through 2011.

During WWII he applied for officer candidate school and, in 1944, was accepted for classes at Charleston, South Carolina. Gay friends warned him and his companion to forgo exchanging letters because of the dangers of exposure through U.S. military campaigns against gays.

The New York Times published his obituary today.

He died a hero of all concerned about gay rights.