Being an ex service member in the Navy in the late 90s puts a new spin on just growing up in a rural county in North Carolina. It was very hard being in the service and not being able to be who you are.
I read an article today that just warmed my heart. This picture/article went viral, but in a good way. It warmed my heart so much, that I went and found the facebook page that was referenced in the article, just so I could be one of the 40,000 people that liked this picture, and one of the 10,000 that commented on the picture. Please read the article here Gay Marine. To see a man be able to embrace and kiss his lover, welcoming him home, on a military installation is something I never thought I would live to see.
When I was in the Navy in 1998, I lived in fear of someone finding out that I was gay and being discharged from service. The only ones that knew were my close friends; the ones I knew I could trust. Not being able to be who you truly are causes many conflicts that can be mentally damaging.
I wish to take the liberty to invite anyone that would like, please visit the Gay Marines facebook page here: Gay Marine Facebook and comment on this awesome display of love and devotion.