I love my friends across the pond. I am very happy to read that Gay Britons can serve in the military. I strongly believe that anyone qualified should be able to serve in the U. S. Military. I strongly believe that the ulgy prejudice that now exists against the gay population should be weeded out from our military and our country.
But this picture. . . I mean come-on! It's so. . . so. . . How can put it??
Way too much make-up! You've got to admit it!
Here's the article. . .
Seriously, though, this is an interesting article. I found this to be quite heartening and hopeful. . .
Since the British military began allowing homosexuals to serve in the armed forces in 2000, none of its fears — about harassment, discord, blackmail, bullying or an erosion of unit cohesion or military effectiveness — have come to pass, according to the Ministry of Defense, current and former members of the services and academics specializing in the military. The biggest news about the policy, they say, is that there is no news. It has for the most part become a nonissue.
It's about time our military and general population learn from our dear friends across the pond.
Jun 10, '07
I'm a bit weary of the "shower" argument. But I am sympathetic. Men have showered and roomed with men forever, and that's the way it is and always have been. If you need a "proving ground" look at health clubs. Gay men are addicted to gyms and shower regularly without much incident. Gay men use the showers for what it is: a place to get clean, not an orgy room. Also if you don't think the straight guy next to you isn't looking at you, comparing or just curious, then that's denial to the max.
Male on female harrassment, hitting on, eyeballing, inappropriate jokes and comments are much more common in the military and out. But yet a few gay people do it, out of the millions of us functioning in the real world on a daily basis, then it's "don't ask and don't tell".
Last edit by Tweety on Jun 10, '07
Jun 11, '07
One tenth of the population must continue to be silent to make the other nine feel comfortable.
All we are asking is tolerance.
But in the meantime:
Last edit by indigo girl on Jun 12, '07