For the past few months a service member has been blogging at TIME about the repeal of 'DADT' and today he came out of the closet as 1st Lt. Karl Johnson:
A 25 year old — who flies U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo jets and has a degree in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University — may seem like an unlikely candidate to blog for TIME, or wear the hat of an activist. At first the idea of writing for Battleland was nothing short of intimidating, but the decision of whether or not to accept was easy: the opportunity to give a voice to those of us who have been voiceless for years, as a matter of federal law, was too good to pass up.
Being the mind behind the OX silhouette has been an eye-opening experience. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading every comment, every email, every tweet, and trying my best to keep up with the responses. My only regret in this whole process is that I didn't start sooner.
At the moment this blog goes live I will be walking out my front door to start my first day at the squadron out of the closet.
Officer X: Gay U.S. Military Pilot Writes Blog for TIME Magazine [tr]