Anthony Woods

‘As I grew more comfortable with who I was, the less comfortable I was with lying about it’

SOUNDBITES — “I knew getting into it that if I took a stand, it would be a costly decision and it certainly has become one. But people have to take a stand for what’s right. There’s a reason this policy is on the front burner now… We’re a country fighting two wars, having trouble recruiting, yet we want to turn away some of our most talented, most well-trained soldiers? […] As I grew more comfortable with who I was, the less comfortable I was with lying about it. It was a real struggle because I absolutely love the military. I still do today. I would gladly serve, I would love to teach at West Point, I had no problem deploying again.” —The decorated Anthony Woods, kicked out of the military for being gay, who’s now running for a California congressional seat [The Daily Beast; Queerty’s previous coverage]