Gay Soldiers Say Army's Tolerance Has Grown
Pockets of acceptance spring up in closeted military
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 10, 2010 10:06 AM CST
Andrew Chapin of New York City takes part in a rally on Capitol Hill against "don't ask, don't tell," in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)

(Newser) – Gay soldiers say the military has grown more tolerant in recent years, with younger, more liberal commanders loath to lose skilled troops to a ban they see as outdated. Underground gay communities have sprung up on bases both at home and in the war zone, with email groups keeping gay soldiers in touch. A growing number are now confiding in their commanding officers, generally without consequence.

One 26-year-old, for example, says his sexuality was a poorly kept secret during his time in Iraq, but his career didn’t suffer. “I don't know if I won any hearts and minds among the Iraqis,” he tells the Washington Post, “but I did among my brothers in arms because I did my job well.” That’s not to say the military is especially gay-friendly; in a 2006 poll, only 26% of service members favored repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

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Craighenn
Feb 12, 2010 12:12 PM CST
What 'beliefs' do gay people have that are different than straight people? A belief is something one chooses, which is NOT the case for homosexuality.
That_Guy
Feb 11, 2010 4:19 AM CST
@Galileo: I totally mis-read that. Good catch, and thank you for not lambasting me on a honest oversight.
tired-of-US-bashing
Feb 10, 2010 11:30 AM CST
As long as they do their jobs, don't try to impose their beliefs, and aren't overly vocal against the effort, I couldn't care less if they are gay.