Army Specialist Michael Nixon died April 7 in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was 27.
Nixon was born March 5, 1988, in Park Ridge, Illinois. He had been stationed in Korea from February 2014 to March 10, 2015.
Nixon had been featured in the October 2014 newsletter of the Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights.
He wrote, "After the repeal of DADT, I first came out to my then unit at Fort Benning, then my family. I have been open ever since. In my free time I enjoy building and creating new things with legos, writing and watching good movies. I guess you can say that I'm a kid at heart. I have future plans to join the Army National Guard and to get a degree in Photography.
He was the son of Julianna Nixon-Handy and NaVerris ( Jean ) Nixon. Funeral Mass was held April 14 at St. Zachary Catholic Church 567 W. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines.
Photo courtesy AVER Chicago Chapter newsletter