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But having the ability to tell my story on a platform like YouTube has opened more doors than I would ever have guessed it could. McCabe believes that defining people by their sexuality is damaging in the extreme. A photo posted by Russ Marine russmarine on Oct 17, at 1: We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future.
Visit our adblocking instructions page. My details. My newsletters. Upgrade to Premium. Home News Sport Business. Lifestyle Men. He said he knew I was only parroting what my father and family said, and that he was so afraid that I would break our friendship, not because he was gay, but because he was not honest with me. I was taught that they were different and believed those lies for acceptance into our society.
Mark was not anger at me for my hatred of everyone, he was never angry with me. After a few years of talking, he had all those that I hated in his family, an eclectic mix of humans all from different branches of the proverbial tree … I felt like a heal after realizing that I basically insulted him and all he loved, yet he did nothing but love me.
It was as if a great weight was lifted, and from that second on, my whole perspective changed, I was anew. I taught myself to read, so as I could understand what I believed. I dug deep and, within my journey, I changed so many of my thoughts. Proudly I stand a different man. From that moment on, I took to the faith that I would, could, take what Mark taught me and bring it back home, spreading the word…I accepted, in Marks example, not tolerated. I am a leader in equality in my area, though I teach by example and not protest… I do not force another to understand or even except what I believe, I encourage them to travel in that direction I took, to understand what you believe, by finding the root of your beliefs.
I would like you to know that there are many-many people out here wanting you and yours , those you love in your own ways, to be free to love in your own ways. If I can do anything in support , to perpetuate, to spread, to excel your freedom, please hit me up. I do what I can, yet understand that you must do for yourself if you want to be as nature intended, that is free.
I sincerely am a changed man, with his very own loving eclectic proud family! But because you taught yourself to read in order to teach yourself to THINK, that is cause for celebration. This is such a beautifully written, poignant story. You are an incredibly brave and honorable man, which is exactly what we need in the armed forces. You are the epitome of how wrongheaded all the derogatory gay stereotypes are. Thank you for serving our country—in more ways than one. Really like your thoughts, and perspective.
Your human side of this story is both uplifting and heart breaking. Thank you for making such a contribution to society and the change needed in this country.
One more step toward our goal of a free country. Now all we need to do is separate Church and State as required by the constitution and allow legally recognized partnerships that are exactly equivalent for M-F and M-M couples. The Defense of Marriage Act becomes a total sham when celebrities marry legally for 72 days.
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I too think that DoMA is a feverish symptom of a national mania, one that has blinded any number of otherwise patriotic and vigilant Americans to an unConstitutional usurpation of government by religion. That usurpation is not just unConstitutional, in fact; it is furiously, violently destructive of the power of the Constitution, most obviously of its protections FROM religiosity, inherent in its protection OF religion.
Steve Grand Came Through As Gay Marine's Date to Marine Corps Ball
Well done! This is a powerful reminder: I rarely actually see the qualities that make one…. Integrity, honesty, true strength, and bravery. Gay, straight, bi…whatever. You sir, are a man that others should look to.
May God Bless you forever and ever. I applaud your actions to support your beliefs, feelings, and in general what represents you.
Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed. I was a tank mechanic. Being such meant I was often the only female in the entire platoon, never mind the only woman in the shop. I was hazed, harassed, forced to listen to the filthiest comments by men who outright hated me. He had spent His entire career. I was always having to prove myself, no matter what my rank, because of my gender. I miss the Army in some ways: This was a very good post, thank you. Hopefully this country and this world will be a better place with the hard work and dedication you and others have.
Thank you for sharing this, and thank your for sharing your voice toward the cause of same sex marriage and equality. Thanks so much! That is because I raised him that way. When DADT was being enforced, all it amounted to was legalized discrimination. A homosexual soldier can fire a gun, drive a tank, push a button, or do any other job just as well as a heterosexual soldier. The less discrimination against homosexuals, transgenders, and bisexual, etc. You explain so well how hard it was to have to have to appear to not be who you were. To try to speak of a joint life but always being non specific in how I phrased information, deliberately vague.
It was such an effort and that was in civilian life in the UK. Since civil partnerships were legalised here just over five years ago our society has become much more tolerant than even just beforehand. Great post, man. I am glad that there are people like you who are doing more than just donating money though that is important.
Looking forward to part two.
On Marines, equality, and my date to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball (Part 4)
You are inspirational. This is a great link from Get Up! Australia that promotes gay marriage: America definitely needs something similar! It is indeed a very nice blog, thank you very much. It opens my mind. Brilliant blog and I really admire your desire to stand up for who you are. The most poignant piece for me is the story of a senior officer talking about his wife and then gay and lesbian military not being able to share stories of their lives and loves.
How can carrying around a pretence make you and your colleagues better at doing your job. It is asking someone to deny part of their identity. Hope it all goes well from here on in and it feels like you are resourceful enough to get there anyway…. Thank you for taking the time to post this and thank you for your service. I hope as a Soldier who happens to be gay, that I will be able to touch life of someone like you have done today.
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Thank you so much for your bravery. A friend of mine recently attended a military ball with his partner who is in the military.
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Looking at the pictures and hearing that everything went well brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. Reading your post I felt the same thing again. I am so very very glad that DADT is over. What does it matter? But I never could fathom the whys behind them all. Probably a good thing too. That was absolutely beautiful. Thank you and congratulations. That was truely inspirational thank you for doing your job and protecting others. The fight for Gay rights is still going on in more ways than you think.