Friday, March 20, 2009

West Point gay alumni organize

There is an organization named “Knights Out” of “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender U.S. Military Academy Alumni and their Supporters.” The group says that it is working with AOG, the West Point Association of Graduates. has a “hot topics” article today about the group here.

I visited the campus (about 90 miles north on New York City) in September 1994. There is a visitor’s center which demonstrates the room inspection procedures and talks about building “unit cohesion.”

In the early 1990s, on Scott Peck's radio show in Washington, another organization of Service Academy Graduates appeared. It is called Academy GALA and its website is still active, here.

The two major books about the experiences of LGBT people in service academies is Joseph Steffan's "Honor Bound" (1992) about the Naval Academy in the 1980s (would make a great movie!) and Reichen Lehmkuhl's "Here’s What We’ll Say: Growing Up, Coming Out, and the U.S. Air Force" (2006).

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