1. Stella says

    So proud of this soldier for sharing his struggle and journey with coming out. I hope this helps someone also that’s struggling know (s)he’s not alone.

  2. Erin Van Schaack says

    So great of this young man to chronicle this time in the military. Hope when the deadline is finally here all goes well for him and all our other brave and committed soldiers who can finally be open about all aspects of their lives.

  3. Rogerindallas says

    I think you are awesome. You are a very brave man to be doing this. I was in law enforcement for 20 years and I couldn’t come out till I retired and left the city where I worked. Now in Dallas and it’s cool to all those people back home. Just had to say how proud I am of you. Be safe over there. Can’t wait to see and hear more.



  5. Dee says

    I’m really proud of you! I am impressed you’re documenting your process. My partner is currently deployed and has struggled with major issues regarding her sexual orientation. This is her 2nd deployment, her first one left her very angry and lost. I feel a lot of that had to do with her being unable to share anything about her personal life while deployed. It’s very sad that a community of soldiers serve and risk their lives but have nowhere near the support other soldiers may receive. It’s hard enough being away from home and in harm’s way. God Bless All troops! Let’s all support ALL our troops!

  6. says

    I’ve removed two comments which posted the servicemember’s Facebook info, both left by the same person. That person has now been blocked, for obvious reasons. Not cool. If someone does it again, please let us know. Thanks.

  7. So Left I'm Right says

    This is incredible. It is incredibly sad that such extreme measures have to be taken by a man brave enough to sign up for military service and find himself in harm’s way in a Middle East battle zone (presumably). I bet the prospect of doing these videos caused him more fear than the prospect of facing down terrorists. That simply shows the lamentable insanity of priorities in our country and the deplorable way in which we treat our fellow citizens, not to mention family members.

    I salute this soldier, and look forward to his eventual story coming out, as it were, for all of the world to admire.

  8. Mike in the Tundra says

    I hope he realizes that coming out is a lifelong process. I’m still asked if I have a wife. My answer is I’m a widower, my husband died. There will always be one person to whom to come out.

    It may be difficult when he comes out to the girlfriend he mentioned.

  9. TruthSeeker_Too says

    What an amazing set of documentary vids, plus a super cool servicemember.

    The best part was his friend being “cool” with him being gay and the banter that followed. His friend laughingly saying “look, but don’t touch”…followed by a rejoinder that (he’s not interested since) his friend is a “ginger” and then his friend saying, “Naw, I’m more a Pillsbury dough boy.”

    Thanks to both of them (and the rest of our military) for serving our country.

  10. Fenrox says

    Soldiers are not heroes, They might not be bad guys, but a hero is someone who helps people selflessly and has a strong concept of right and wrong.

    Don’t lessen the word by applying it random people or killers. There are a thousand ways this kid could become a hero and being a soldier is not one of them.

  11. says

    @ FENROX: second only in evil to those who make militaries necessary are cretins like you who deny they ARE necessary. Fortunately, few in the world are graduates, like you, of the School of Bumper Sticker Cliches. If there were more, we’d be dead—or in concentration camps.

    Until proven otherwise, this soldier IS a hero for being willing to risk his life for others. Contrast that with yourself, who’s already proven you’re an idiot not worth such sacrifice.

  12. Larry says

    The deleted facebook link was open for all to see including friends, relationship info and wall, which is careless on the part of the user, but I am glad that that link has been removed. Kudos Andy!

  13. David M says

    TCW: WTF? Really? Are you that ignorant to his personal journey and what he is doing? Really? After I saw his FB link posted I sent an email to Andy asking for it to be removed and to this soldier telling him what happened so he can protect himself. No one should know who he is until he is ready to tell people. End of story.

  14. ant says

    @fenrox you’re entitled to your opinion but I could not disagree with you more. Servicemembers are hardly random killers. While we could debate the use & abuse of the word hero there is no doubt that they are performing honorable service on behalf of their country. They deserve our thanks and respect for that, at the very least. Your ridiculous assertion that being a soldier means he can’t become a hero is not just a cheap shot, it also shows how weak your own concept of right and wrong is.

    The more I think about your statement, the more disgusted with it I become.

  15. Allie says

    This is amazing! I did a report on the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell last year for my history class and I used this guys video to help me. Its great to hear about this guy again.

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