As noted in Gays Come Out, but Stay in Military a growing number of gays in the military are informing their fellow soldiers and officers of their sexual orientation and not being summarily dismissed from military service. I hope this shows a maturing attitude within the military with regards to homosexual service members and a rejection of the archaic, misguided neo-Puritan element that believe religion inspired doctrine is more important than keeping qualified, well trained, patriotic Americans in the military. Homosexuals have always served in the military whether the services wanted to admit their presence or not. “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” did nothing but make it more difficult for all service members, particularly for those who were accused of being gay or lesbian by fellow service members who were bigoted, jealous of others successes, or through simple personality conflict and grudges.
Gays Serving in the Military