A gay military man currently serving overseas has uploaded to You Tube a series of video diaries in which he hopes to chart his experiences as the military’s ban on openly gay service personnel is brought to an end.
In one video diary the soldier comes out to a fellow servicemember. The other soldier’s reaction is… well, see for yourself:
Due to the military’s open service ban on gay soldiers still being in place until the sixty-day waiting period on certification has elapsed (which will be September 20), the officer is keen for his friend not to say his name. In other videos posted on the soldier’s YouTube account, he has hidden his face from view. This perhaps emphasizes how until DADT is finally ended, gay and lesbian service personnel must still fear retribution. It also is worth noting that the repeal did nothing to help trans servicemembers who must continue to serve under threat of separation.
Eagle-eyed readers may notice the account is also posting videos of Sidewinder, the 571st Air Force Band, singing songs such as Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” which recently became an Internet sensation.