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Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Originally posted by Flighty
If no one was asked about their sexuality before, then why make it an issue now??
If you truly don't get it, let me explain.
Under "Don't ask, don't tell", heterosexual people can talk about their relationships and have a picture of their spouse on their wall. The men can freely express their sexuality by flirting with the girls and discussing with the other straight men who is "hot" or whatever.
On the other hand, gays are not permitted to have pictures of their partners, talk about their relationship or in any way reveal that they are gay. In other words, they can ACT like they're straight (concealing their true selves) or ACT like they don't have any sexuality at all (concealing their true selves).
It's not that sexuality is a "big deal", but as human beings, it is part of who we are and does come into discussions and the every day living of our lives, whether we're in the military or not. I don't know how many times I've talked about my husband here on ATS. And I'm not even talking about my sexuality. He's just a big part of my life and as such, he comes into the discussion. But in the military, gay people have to keep quiet about that.
Hope that helps.
Originally posted by j2000
The majority of people don't care for homosexuals and it's even higher in the Military.
Blanket party anyone?
You can't cram too much close quarter stuff down the Militaries throat, because they will re-act to it.
Most people have in mind an office setting. Even the one's that do this, must go thru the same hard crap in training as the rest.
Originally posted by stander
reply to post by detachedindividual
It's obvious that you and the military are light years apart. Woman are not suitable for combat duties not just because of their lesser physical statue, but also for their feminine psychology -- they are less aggressive than men. Gay women in the US or other military are not the problem -- they can handle non-combat duties. But I just don't want to go and take Hamburger Hill with a guy who has built-in feminine inclinations; I need to know who is who before we go up there.
Your out-of-real-life insights are quite amusing.
Originally posted by stevegmu
Will there now be separate heads- men, women, lesbians, homosexuals, transgenders- pre-op/post-op...? How about housing? Men and women don't bunk together, will open gays have separate bunks, or be mixed in with men or lesbians?