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Gay Marine Brandon Morgan Talks to Thomas Roberts About Homecoming Photo, Breaking Stereotypes: VIDEO


Gay Marine Brandon Morgan spoke with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts about his homecoming photo, how it helps break stereotypes about gay people, what the photo might mean to kids who are struggling with sexual identity, and what he has to say to people who have said they are offended by a photo of two men kissing.


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  1. Uhm, gays can now serve openly in the military in the U.S.... Gays have been serving openly in the military in many European countries, in Canada, Isreal, etc... wihtout a problem. Greeks and Roman soliders openly had males lovers (google Hadrian and his lover Antinous). Many countries and a growing number of states now allow gay marriage.

    To all the momophobes and haters out there, go suck it, your views are antiquated and ill-informed... Gay people have made steady progress throughout the world recently because of KNOWLEDGE and the FACTS, things which people in a civilized, democratic, liberal, and educated free society rely on to get along and break down prejudices and violence and fear which all come from a base of ignorance.

    Now go along and move on and fight against the other things you know nothing about, like evolution or global warning. Btw, the earth is round and revolves around the sun, something people of your constitution in the past fought so vehemently denied and fought against...

    Posted by: rickchicago | Mar 1, 2012 7:56:14 PM

  2. damn typo! homophobes, not momophobes... damnit!...took the wind out of my original comment

    Posted by: rickchicago | Mar 1, 2012 7:58:23 PM

  3. I hate to state the obvious, but such an act of spontaneous joy expressing love would not have been unusual if it were a man and a woman; but that's why the pic is so powerful. With the flag in the background, it is a statement of freedom & equality by lovers who just happen to be men. It's taken a very long time to win that freedom, but we can at last enjoy it without fear. Reason, common sense, hard work and good faith in the American people have made this a reality. However, there are still segments of society that remain unchanged and perhaps will never change their negative views of LGBT people. We can't live in fear of such people; but neither can we ignore them. The struggle for Marriage Equality in Maryland and Washington is a reason to gear up, show up, stand up and fight back. Progress in changing social issues is never made without courage, concentration and faith. Photos like the one of Brandon and Dalan are remarkable because they are records of progress, they are milestones, but we still have a ways to go. Having said all that, I also want to express my concern that media coverage and attention does not negatively impact Dalan or Brandon. As I watched Brandon on MSNBC, I noted not only his strength, but also the stress that all the media attention may be creating. It's not easy to be in the spotlight, so, guys, don't forget to kick it with each other and friends. Take care of one another. All the best to both of you and many thanks for being who you are. R.

    Posted by: Rayn | Mar 3, 2012 8:20:00 PM

  4. Very great guy this marine...Greatings from Serbia!

    Posted by: Branko | May 19, 2012 10:04:16 PM

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