Gay Solider on How Air Force Band Video Outed Him


A closeted and currently deployed gay soldier who took to YouTube to record his thoughts about being gay in the military has recorded another diary entry talking about how when his video of Sidewinder, the 571st Air Force Band, playing songs such as Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” became an Internet sensation, it lead fellow soldiers to listen to his series of video diaries on YouTube — effectively outing him.

You may remember we previously posted a video of said soldier telling a fellow servicemember he is gay. He has gradually been coming out to a few people but the officer has not revealed his identity or shown his face in the videos and won’t until the DADT rule is officially retired on September 20.

However, in the video below, the officer relates how upon discovering his identity many of his fellow servicemembers were pleased for him that he would be able to come out. On a more personal level he also talks about how it felt telling his girlfriend he is gay.

You can watch the full series of video’s over at the soldier’s video stream here.

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Photo used under the Creative Commons Attribution License with thanks to U.S. Army Photostream.


Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Rin S.
Rin S.4 years ago

I wish the soldier good luck in gaining acceptance from everybody in his life.

Beth M.
Beth M.4 years ago

DADT is now over. Yeah!

William Y.
William Y.5 years ago

Good one Suzanne H. green *

Suzanne H.
Suzanne H.5 years ago

Being gay is not like the measles.....It is not infectious!

William Y.
William Y.5 years ago

@ Debra V. Yes, the first words I heard at Logan Airport, when I arrived home was "baby killer,"
and it went down hill from there.

Debra Van Way
Debra Van Way5 years ago

Too true, Charlene R. Just ask any Viet Nam vet about being unappreciated. We are the poster children of unappreciated military service people.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

David N.
David N.5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Marjaana V.
marjaana v.5 years ago

steve, fix the mistakes in your article, pls.

poor fellow, he really can't win...