The consequences of staying in the closet
BY HEMI FRIRES
“I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse.”
– Oscar Wilde
LGBT rights have been improving for years now. In many Western cultures, homosexuality is no longer illegal and is becoming more socially acceptable. In some cases, equality at various levels is well on its way. Even many traditionally conservative organizations, such as the U.S. military, are allowing openly gay personnel to serve. Yet we continue to see and hear about many instances of people choosing to remain in the closet and keeping their identity hidden.
The following article, “One Couple in the Fight for Life,” first appeared on the website in May of 2012. In light of this morning’s news of her passing, we would like to honor Charlie with a rededication of ourselves to her cause and a committment to broadcasting her legacy. Send your condolences to her family here.
Reserve recruiters dream of people like Morgan Wade walking into their office. She had a sterling service record, was on the fast track to chief petty officer, and qualified in a field where the demand for skilled individuals is high. Top it off with a clear background check and a clean bill of health, and it should be easy, right?
…it was never lost on me that in those nations I would be in danger if I appeared to be gay. Even in liberal Bahrain, where I went to clubs and bars with other Marines and Sailors, I was constantly aware of the risks associated with being outed…
West Point was atwitter with love today having hosted its second lesbian couple to legally marry on the hallowed military grounds within a week—the first same-sex weddings at the U.S. Military Academy since New York legalized same-sex marriage last year.