I remember the day well. It was December, 2010, and the breaking news of the day was that then-President Barack Obama, the 44th president of the USA, had just signed an important piece of historical legislation. When his signature was affixed to the act, the centuries-old ban of allowing gays, lesbians and bisexuals to openly serve in the U. S. military forces was officially ended. Keeping to his campaign promise, President Obama put an end to another chapter in government sanctioned discrimination.
Of course, there were many who predicted the immediate collapse of discipline in all the military services and the end of democracy in this nation. Eight years later, and we are probably closer to that truth now, but that blame doesn’t lie with President Obama as much as it does with the person who succeeded him in office. However, I digress.
President Obama was elected to office following a campaign based on Hope and Change. True to his word, he brought both hope and change to a nation both tired and weary of political falsehoods and unpopular wars. His administration ushered in eight years of progress and a restoration of the ideals contained in the Constitution – the concept of equality under the law for all.
My fellow-blogger and friend, Rob, (pictured above) author of the blogs, Real Time (formerly titled: Keepin’ It Real) and Masculine Perspectives, (click the titles to view) several years ago published on his Keepin’ It Real blog a post entitled “LGBT Pride Month: What It Means To Me As A Veteran.” It’s an excellent perspective on equality arriving within the ranks of the U. S. armed services. Rob, himself, is a career veteran of the U. S. Navy so his thoughts and outlook resonate with truth as from someone “on the inside.” I was impressed with his feelings then when he initially posted this article and upon re-reading it this year, I remain convinced of the veracity of his views and his experience.
I encourage all of you to read his post, LGBT Pride Month: What It Means To Me As A Veteran (click title to view post). It is especially poignant during Pride Month and isn’t the usual type of subject that is featured as we celebrate our GLBTQ and nude culture and heritage. It the USA, once gays and lesbians achieved the freedom to openly serve in the U. S. military services, it seems the topic was dropped or disappeared from the national dialogue.
I believe that especially during pride month, it is important that we, the GLBTQ community acknowledge the commitments and sacrifices made for this country by our GLBTQ veterans, in particular those who served before the military ban was repealed. They served during a time when our community was often publicly ridiculed and denigrated not only by the armed forces, but the government and society as well. Their courage and stamina deserve all of our gratitude and respect.
At this time, I also recommend both of Rob’s blogs to everyone who hasn’t already read them. They will keep you thinking as well as enlighten you. His philosophy on issues facing our GLBTQ community and our bare practicing (naturist/nudist) community are as unique as possible and balanced and informative as well. Both of his sites are also linked on my Bare Blogging Crew page here on ReNude Pride.
I encourage everyone, regardless of where we live or our degree of patriotism or national allegiance, to read Rob’s post and to think about his words. They are as true today as they were back in 2013 and in some cases, even more so.
Happy Pride Month!