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Meet Afghanistan’s First Known Gay U.S. Casualty

When U.S. Army Major Alan Rogers died in 2008 on patrol in Iraq, neither the media nor the Army made much an effort to acknowledge he was gay. (In fact, you could say they both worked to make sure nobody knew it.) But with the sad news that the military lost another brave gay man, in Afghanistan, it’s going on record. The federal record.

Virginia’s “Congressman Jim Moran read a letter on the floor of the House of Representatives today from an active duty soldier in Afghanistan,” relays the Palm Center. “Congressman Moran stated that the soldier had, ‘learned that a fellow soldier was also gay, only after he was killed by an IED in Iraq. The partner of the deceased soldier wrote the unit to say how much the victim had loved the military; how they were the only family he had ever known.’ The soldier originally provided the letter in response to an inquiry for the Pentagon’s current study of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.'”

It’s unclear whether the identity of this soldier is being intentionally guarded, but it’s a sad day all around. Thanks to all our men and women, gay or otherwise, serving aboard and in harm’s way. We wish you all a safe journey home.

By:           editor editor
On:           Feb 25, 2010
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  • 4 Comments
    • Rashid
      Rashid

      In the last paragraph, it’s ‘identity’ not ‘identify.’

      Feb 25, 2010 at 1:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dontblamemeivotedforhillary
      dontblamemeivotedforhillary

      Virginia’s “Congressman Jim Moran read a letter on the floor of the House of Representatives today from an active duty soldier in Afghanistan,” relays the Palm Center. “Congressman Moran stated that the soldier had, ‘learned that a fellow soldier was also gay, only after he was killed by an IED in Iraq. The partner of the deceased soldier wrote the unit to say how much the victim had loved the military; how they were the only family he had ever known.’ The soldier originally provided the letter in response to an inquiry for the Pentagon’s current study of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.'”

      This part got me: “They were the only family he had ever known.”

      Feb 25, 2010 at 1:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hashmatullah
      hashmatullah

      i am hashmatullah from afghanistan i am gay i cant make sex with my friend bcz in our religion it is totaly prohabited ..
      plz help me my life is bulshit…..day and night i cant sleep while i want to make sex no one will be avilable for me i suffured to much from my life and i am 20 years old guy…………..

      Dec 8, 2010 at 9:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tamim ghaforri
      tamim ghaforri

      i am also gay. u got number?

      Jul 16, 2012 at 7:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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