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Gay Soldier Outed by Viral YouTube Clip: VIDEO


A few weeks ago I posted a set of YouTube videos from a faceless servicemember who says he is from the Bible Belt, stationed in Europe, and deployed to the Middle East. The powerful videos discussed the anticipation surrounding "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal, and the process of coming out to friends and fellow service members.

Along with those videos, the servicemember posted a cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" by a military band, which, because it's excellent, went viral and was featured on the Carson Daly show, among other places. It currently has more than a million views.

The servicemember says that because his video of the band went viral, his fellow servicemembers discovered the gay-related videos, so he was outed to them. And, he's extremely happy to report that they were "more than okay with it" and offered him congratulations.

The servicemember has also told his girlfriend that he is gay.

Watch his story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. @ TAMPAZEKE, et al. It's always easy for outsiders to have questions and critiques. Psychologists call it "fundamental attribution error," though there are other words, too. Each of us works through these things in our own way. While I, too, feel bad for the girlfriends it's important to realize that, without that girlfriend, the guy may take much longer to find himself. (I'm not saying that the girl is in any way to blame, just that he may realize that he doesn't feel about her "the way he should" [which raises hundreds of questions about the expectations our culture has for romantic relationships and what we teach our kids] and explore why that lack exists.)

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Aug 25, 2011 2:44:07 PM

  2. @Cory: I don't think it's terrible of you to feel bad for the girlfriends and the wives in these situations. It's normal. But I think that the majority of anger about this should be directed not toward the "closet cases" who date or marry women but to the cultural, political, and religious institutions who tell them to. It's time that we understood as a society that telling gay men to "cure" themselves by marrying unsuspecting women (as is the official policy of many groups who claim that homosexuality can be changed, including the Mormon Church) is not just homophobic; it is also indicative of deeply held institutionalized misogyny. If these groups are so intent on gay men marrying straight women, that means they truly don't care that those women are getting cheated out of the chance for a real marriage, and therefore they must really hate women.

    Posted by: Thomasina | Aug 25, 2011 2:56:29 PM

  3. It's not likely DADT will be reinstated because the 9th circuit order will stick around for a while. Particularly after formal repeal and while the case is tied up in court.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 25, 2011 3:25:23 PM

  4. And in that heat...he is clearly the Winner of the Wet T-shirt contest!


    Posted by: Bruce Wayne | Aug 25, 2011 7:12:05 PM

  5. Don't forget that any move to reinstate DADT via legislation would have to get past a Senate filibuster. Even if one assumes the worst in the upcoming 2012 elections for Senate Democrats with the GOP having 60+ seats, there is still the matter of 8 Republicans having voted for repeal. I doubt enough of them would change their vote. No, DADT is pretty much dead as of next month. Now this doesn't mean that some mischief could be done regardless, but officially at least the policy will be extremely difficult to bring back and they know it. GOP rhetoric about supposedly reinstating DADT is about as serious as their now 40-year old promise to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Such makes great lines in fundraising appeals but beyond tinkering around the edges rarely seem to go anywhere.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Aug 26, 2011 2:29:38 AM

  6. Yay! That was sure a good Friday feel-good video.

    Posted by: TJ Parker | Aug 26, 2011 3:41:09 PM

  7. Good. Thanks

    Posted by: Ferynugraha | Dec 24, 2013 7:36:56 AM

  8. Video speed up

    Posted by: Ferynugraha | Dec 24, 2013 7:37:37 AM

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