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more tolerant in recent years, with younger, more liberal commanders loath to lose skilled troops to a ban they see as outdated.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.

View 1 more image
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Gay Soldiers Say Armys Tolerance Has Grown is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 8 comments
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.
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.
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.