Thursday, August 12, 2010
Navy "call signs" can result in forced outings in a DADT environment
The story is here. The title is "Ensign cites harassment in call sign choice".
The Navy is thought of as the most conservative of the services, since sailors have to live in separate communities or “dominions” at sea for months. Nevertheless, in the 1980s, submarine hunter Keith Meinhold maintains that he never encountered anti-gay harassment despite widespread knowledge that he was gay. The experience varies enormously from command to command. The presence of gay sailors on an aircraft carrier was discussed openly in the Discovery series “At Sea”.
I had a letter published in the Army Times in 1996 about “gay witchhunts” but I seem to have lost the text.