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Gay Marine's Unit Gives Him 'Served with Pride' Rainbow Flag on Last Full Day of Service


Wrote the Marine on Reddit:

"Today's my unofficial last day as a Marine. This is what my unit gave me to say goodbye."

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  1. Hoo rah!

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Sep 10, 2013 2:18:46 PM

  2. wonderful!!!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 10, 2013 2:28:13 PM

  3. Guess this shows how the end of DADT affected unit cohesion!

    Posted by: jsb | Sep 10, 2013 2:31:18 PM

  4. This needs to be forwarded to every single anti-gay Congressmen and Senators in Washington

    Posted by: steve | Sep 10, 2013 2:38:38 PM

  5. So wonderful :) Talk about progress!

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Sep 10, 2013 2:40:18 PM

  6. O brave new world, that has such people in't!

    Posted by: Ed | Sep 10, 2013 2:45:57 PM

  7. When I see things like this, I question why almost 70% of LGB troops are still closeted. I guess culture regarding homosexuality and acceptance is vastly different from unit to unit.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Sep 10, 2013 2:46:41 PM

  8. Semper Fi!

    Posted by: warren | Sep 10, 2013 2:51:18 PM

  9. People are closeted till THEY are comfortable coming out. Others may come out sooner than others. I don't question why any gay military men and women are closeted. I question those who say they should come out any sooner than they are ready to.

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 10, 2013 2:51:43 PM

  10. Booyeah! (Or however you spell that.)

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Sep 10, 2013 2:53:24 PM

  11. Of course, Mark, you're right. I'm not questioning why they don't come out more than questioning that, two years after DADT, most LGB troops are still closeted and the stats aren't particularly good regarding the health of most LGB troops in terms of PSD and things like alcohol abuse. And when you see something this beautiful, accepting, you would think the culture in the military would be accepting to the point most troops wouldn't be closeted. But I guess that's too simplistic.

    Anyway, this is really awesome, almost emotional.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Sep 10, 2013 2:57:04 PM

  12. Wow! Just wow!

    Posted by: J.J. in the Navy | Sep 10, 2013 4:05:50 PM

  13. aww!

    Posted by: Lucas H | Sep 10, 2013 4:06:19 PM

  14. Semper fi, fellas!

    Posted by: Perry | Sep 10, 2013 4:08:57 PM

  15. Many GLB military personnel who are staying in the closet may be doing-so as they still legally-reside in their home states were they don't have GLB legal rights and protections.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Sep 10, 2013 4:41:12 PM

  16. @ FRANCIS #1 -- In my view, it is naive and thoughtless to think that every service member should come out.
    Besides family and religion issues, there is the simple fact of not wanting to be treated as different, not wanting to listen to the lame remarks (whether jokes or jabs), etc.
    Are we forgetting that in many units "Christian posters and slogans" are on the walls of barracks, and non-coms are pushing their religion on troops? Being surrounded by that makes one prefer to be stealthy.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 10, 2013 6:27:52 PM

  17. Again, amazed by the men and women in uniform who have worked so hard for us all. Another Proud American day. A big hoo ra to our military. As well as those in Gov also working for the betterment of all of us. Sadly, troll hunting is really becoming unneccessary because so many out there are making this a better world. I wish us all success in that task. That's all.

    Posted by: dean | Sep 10, 2013 8:09:20 PM

  18. That's true, Bob, but (as most of us know) what changes those attitudes, what stops the lame remarks, etc. is the willingness of gay people to stand up and say "Oh really? That's what you think of gays? Is that what you think of me?" Nothing breaks down that kind of prejudice faster than finding out someone you know and respect and care for is gay.

    And additionally, being "stealthy" itself can put a great deal of stress on a person - stress that can interfere with one's ability to do one's job, which in this case is defending the country.

    I'm not saying they have any obligation to come out. But the more who do, the better things will be for everyone. Thankfully, a growing number are doing so.

    Posted by: Kevin | Sep 10, 2013 9:08:12 PM

  19. Faith in humanity: restored.

    Posted by: wheelie81 | Sep 10, 2013 9:08:52 PM

  20. Fantastic!

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Sep 11, 2013 3:15:56 AM

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