Don't Tell Hell

Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach: Coming Out Hasn’t Impacted His Comrades

We can’t help but yearn for more stories like the one from Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, a decorated fighter pilot who was terminated from his 18 years of duty after a colleague outed him. No, we don’t want the quantity of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell dismissals to increase, but the more gay soldiers like Fehrenbach and Dan Choi who speak up about their wrongful discharges, the more attention we can bring to the issue. Specifically the ridiculous definition of “homosexual conduct,” which, according to the military, means even celibate gays can be ousted just because they’re attracted to the same sex. (Video from CNN on Monday.)