New Site Aims to Be 'Gay Military Facebook'

Founder hopes site can provide support for gay members of armed forces
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2011 4:02 AM CST
Out Military aims to be a social networking site for gays in the armed forces.   (

(Newser) – After two decades of "don't ask, don't tell," the social networking website Out Military is saying: "Do ask, do tell," reports Reuters. Out Military has only 53 members so far, but its backers say that will change as the US military implements the policy repeal. The military is still drafting new regulations, and a date for implementation has not been set yet.

"I joined, more than anything, so that I could maybe help someone else," said one Vietnam veteran. But Out Military founder John McKinnon advises new members not to post revealing information before the ban is lifted. The site "might be a little bit early, but it's not too early to join," he said. (Read more social networking stories.)

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