I was born in Annapolis and lived there until I left home with my first boyfriend at 18. He was a Midshipman in his fourth year at the Academy, with a faultless record and a deep love of the service. Eventually his growing self awareness made it impossible for him to tolerate the hypocrisy any longer. He packed his bag and left, and so did I.
The Navy was sufficiently afraid of negative publicity that they chose not to pursue him, other than interrogating him in hopes of identifying other gay men. They humiliated him; he told them nothing.
Ironically, in addition to the awful bitterness and feelings of betrayal he suffered in the weeks and months to come, he had difficult adjusting to the relative dearth of sex in civilian life. Having lived for so long in what was then the world's largest male dormitory, he was used to friendly sexual contact with other guys at least once or twice a day. He found civilian life cold and sterile. Bars and baths couldn't compare to the camaraderie he missed, and corporate life a poor substitute for the sense of purpose he'd lost.
Posted by: Bryan | Feb 4, 2009 7:51:49 PM
Looking forward to seeing this movie!
Posted by: Kevin | Feb 4, 2009 8:02:59 PM
the movie is screening this summer! go to www.outofannapolis.com to see cities, dates and times.