When the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy officially ended yesterday, United States Marines showed up at the biggest gay community center in Tulsa to start recruiting.
The Marines didn’t face the kind of protests and insults they expected from people who could still harbor resentment about DADT. Instead, people asked questions about joining - and that’s exactly what the Marines’ goal was. This New York Times piece tells the story.
The Marines were the service most opposed to ending the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, but they were the only one of five invited branches of the military to turn up with their recruiting table and chin-up bar at the center Tuesday morning. Although Marines pride themselves on being the most testosterone-fueled of the services, they also ferociously promote their view of themselves as the best. With the law now changed, the Marines appear determined to prove that they will be better than the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard in recruiting gay, lesbian and bisexual service members.
My instincts tell me this is a good thing, but I have some mixed feelings about how it’s somewhat of a contest to recruit LGBT members. Your thoughts?
Hey guys! So, I know that I haven’t been on here in a while and I’m sorry, but I’m back! And currently across in the pond in the wonderful country of England at Wroxton having THE TIME OF MY LIFE with some of the greatest people! I can’t wait to post more pictures along the way, but here are some to start you off with :D
So, I’ve been really thinking about how much I miss ballroom lately. I CANNOT wait until the summer when I can put those dancing shoes back on and take to the dance floor yet again. I stopped because while doing the one dance, the Argentine Tango, my leg/knee was really giving me a lot of issues because of the fact that the Argentine Tango requires a lot of balancing, which I lack because of all the issues with my leg. However, I am fully prepared to take on dancing again this summer and would love to continue with an intermediate level Salsa class and possibly even a Swing class!
So, with the recent suicides that have taken place all throughout the United States due to anti-gay abuse, I truly have been motivated to speak out. Also, these incidences have really opened my eyes to see how thankful I am for all of the support of my beautiful, loving friends and family.
It really pains me to see how these boys suffered, because I know firsthand how rude & hurtful people could be. All throughout middle school and high school I was constantly picked on for being different. Whether it was to make fun of me because of my leg length discrepancy (which was made evident by a platformed left shoe) or because they assumed I was gay, I was always made fun of. After a while, it really took a toll on me and I started to get it from all ends of the spectrum. I would go to school and randomly find a note about me in a science textbook saying I liked guys. Then, I would come home to receive IMs from random people at school who would get pleasure out of picking on me. BUT! The funny thing was, I would see them in school and the little twerps would not say a word to me. I guess when they’re behind a computer screen they get a pseudo pair of balls? I don’t know.
Anyway, I have just been so blessed to have such a warm, welcoming family who accepts me for who I am and embraces my homosexuality. So often you hear of stories where people are kicked out of their homes because of who they are, and those of you who go through it, I say “It truly does get better. Hang in there and prove to the world that you are who you are and you won’t change for anything or anyone.” That’s not to say be a rebel, but stick up for yourself in a way where people are going to respect you. I have also been thankful to have such amazing friends who never once made me feel uncomfortable about my sexual orientation. I have always surrounded myself with amazing female friends who, after coming out to them, were THRILLED that they now had a gay best friend! Likewise, I recently have been working to bring a new fraternity onto campus & have been bonding with five other guys who have truly become like brothers to me. They accept me for who I am and embrace the fact that I am different. They actually laugh if I make a gay joke & they are so genuinely friendly to me, that I can honestly say that I have found a brotherhood between these guys.
I just really felt the need to post this because I feel like our voices have to be heard and those of you in my life who are really supportive need to understand how thankful I am. And to those of you who picked on me as a kid, I laugh AT you. Thanks for making me the strong person I am today. With any luck, some of you who probably picked on me were probably so far in denial anyway. That’s usually how it goes :) Oh well, I surround myself with positive people. I don’t have time for the negatives anymore.
So, a couple posts ago, I posted the picture of Wroxton College and expressed how badly I wanted to go. Well, I am in the process of filling out the application and have worked out financially how I am going to go, soooo…as long as I get accepted into Wroxton College, I’M GOING <3 :D I am soo unbelievably excited!! It is truly going to be a chance of a lifetime and I can only hope I get accepted. If accepted, I will be going in the fall of 2011. How great would it be to experience fall/winter over in Europe and around the holiday season?! Ahh..I cannot wait! Going to also learn some more Italian before I go over there because I plan on taking a trip to Italy during our week off of school that is alotted for a travel break. I would love to go to Barcelona too! Ahh..the options! I will have this all planned out AS LONG as I get accepted! So please think good thoughts for me and keep me in your prayers!
sooo, Monday’s the big day! finally converting to the Android phones <3 cannot wait to get rid of my Blackberry! don’t get me wrong, I loved it when I had it but I need to move on now and get a move whose battery life last more than an hour LOL. I’m going to be getting the Droid 2, not the Droid X. It’s so hot and it’s silverish/white in the front with a blue backing. HOT! okay, well that’s my very random post since I haven’t blogged in a while. Just have been soo damn busy lately! But, I enjoyed a beautiful day in Asbury Park today with one of my good friends Toni, my cousin Jaidyn & my Aunt Ter. I seriously love it down there!