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What It’s Like To Be Gay In The Military

Republican presidential hopeful Ben “Should-Have-Stuck-To-Brain-Surgery” Carson recently offered this sage wisdom on gays and lesbians serving in the armed forces:

“I mean, why do you have to go around flouting your sexuality? It’s not necessary, you don’t need to talk about that, we need to talk about how we eliminate the enemy.”

To say nothing of the fact that he meant “flaunting,” not “flouting,” his comments reflect a pervasive misconception that being open about one’s sexuality is somehow a distraction from them getting the job done.

But for some servicemen and women, this latent homophobia is enough to keep them in the closet.

Below, we hear from guys on Whisper about their experience being gay in the military:

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Being gay and in the Navy is easier than I thought it would be... but I can

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I love being gay and in the military. I get to say

I hate assholes. Someone just made me so self conscious cause I

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I guard my heart because I

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My boyfriend and I met in the navy. The whole time we were enlisted no one had any idea either one of us was gay

I enlisted in the military because I wanted to serve our country. And yes, I

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