Opinion

November 19, 2010

Commentary: Time for gay military members to come out of the shadows

One often hears opponents of gay rights advise gay people to withhold their true faces. They'd have nothing against homosexuals, they say, if gays would just stop "flaunting" it. They never take into account that a heterosexual "flaunts" her identity whenever she leans in close to her boyfriend on a street corner or puts his picture on her desk. It is these small liberties, these tiny ways of saying, "I am," that we deny gay and lesbian service personnel. And then, having done so, we send them out to risk their lives fighting. For freedom.

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