Metro Weekly

An Eye for It All

Photographer and filmmaker Amanda Lucidon shares the stories of real couples and real discrimination

Charlie Morgan

Charlie Morgan

Her examination of same-sex families in the military, however, just took a painful turn. Lucidon has been documenting the particular struggles faced by Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan, a member of the New Hampshire National Guard, and her wife, Karen Morgan. She has documented the couple’s fight for military spousal benefits, still largely denied despite the end of ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and Charlie Morgan’s battle with breast cancer, which ended with her death Feb. 10, Karen at her side.

”Some of the stories definitely take a lot out of you,” Lucidon shared three days prior. ”But there’s balance to them. Like every story in life, there are happy and sad moments. Like with Charlie, she’s been given six months to live, and that was eight months ago. It’s sad to know that her life may be ending, but then I see her playing with her daughter, the way they interact and how joyful Charlie is for the moments she has here. That’s really inspiring.”

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