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Being Homosexual in the Military

Updated on June 8, 2009

This is a hot button topic currently once again in the face of America. The debate is not about whether gay man or woman fights in combat as well as a straight one. Of course they they do. It is not about whether they are just as patriotic, of course they are. The debate is simply on whether a homosexual should make it public to those in military. To those they work and train with closely. Is the military different than the civilian counterpart? Well, of course.

The real issue, when it gets down to it, is intimacy, when a unit enters into a combat zone, which is very regimented in many ways, far different than a civilian world. Its not even about being together in a firefight for life or death, but afterwards, specifically, in the few close intimate situations where gays and straights may share: showers, the mess hall, the recreation area. When both are in active in their units and out in the zone, their mission to defend their comrades is paramount. Their mission assigned to the unit is their only focus.

Homosexuals really need to accept the fact they are not accepted everywhere they go. Just as a redneck is not accepted by other rednecks for whatever differences exist. People are people. If a gay service person openly comes out and "tells the world" how wonderful it is to be queer, they should expect problems. Sorry, but it is not the norm for most of the world. Just face it. They joined the military for other reasons, they accepted the "do not tell" rule, and the consequences if they break it for some sort of rebellious in your face right. They went in the military knowing all of this to reap its benefits in training and pay.

Why is it they feel it is their right now to break the silent agreement? Let's get a visual: a platoon of men are taking showers in  shower stall. A man who openly has stated he is gay enters to bath. The others know this. The others are straight or maybe silent gays. Regardless, human nature what it is, one knows a few scenarios will play out, none good for the men in the platoon or for their morale. Biases will flare, things said. At the very minimum, the gay soldier will be an outcast and the gay soldier will no doubt wish he had remained silent because he still has a 6-12 month tour with the unit.

So, what exactly is the benefit of having the gay declare his sexual preference to the his combat unit? The only one I can see is a self ego, radical, appreciation one where the gay's declaration is nothing more than "shoving the gay issue"  down the throats of those who disagree with it. And, at the end of the day, they may feel better with such bravado, but it actually makes their own life more difficult with those in the same unit. Their declaration will follow them for good or worse because despite laws, people are people and act upon their own prejudices and biases.

If I were gay and in the military, I would remain silent. A gay person should not go into the military with some radical issue for legal justice for their sexual orientation. It ain't the place.

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      John Young 

      8 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Perrya,

      I just wrote on the current status of this issue. Seems nothing has changed from 9 months ago. The majority of Americans STILL don't agree with the gay activists who want to initiate this proposal. By the Way, you have pointed out some legitimate issues here that need to be addressed. Good work.

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      madams0062 

      9 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

      Well speaking as an openly gay man, I would have trouble with admitting I was gay if I were in the military. I do not make it a habit to just walk up and announce that I am a gay person to everyone. I feel like most gay people have a little self control. Being gay does not define your whole life. It is just a small part of who a gay person is. Being gay does not change how good a person is. I don't think there is much of a benefit if you admit you are gay in the military. I think it could possibly have some negative effects on a gay person.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      9 years ago

      was, not on any payrole, just objective. Sounds like you are a gay that is only looking at your own situation and no one elses.

    • frans240 profile image

      frans240 

      9 years ago

      Are you in the militairy or on their payrole?? or both??

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