Service members and their families say much has changed for the better since the ban on openly lesbian, gay or bisexual troops came to an end
SSgt Joshua Gravett always knew he wanted to join the US army. He grew up a “military brat” with someone from every generation of his family in the armed forces.
He enlisted in 2003, 10 years after ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ (DADT) was signed, the military’s former policy in which lesbian, gay and bisexual members could serve only if they hid their sexuality. Proponents of DADT said openly gay troops could hinder military effectiveness. “I knew I was gay since I was in elementary school, but I wanted to serve my country,” Gravett said.
I knew I was gay since I was in elementary school, but I wanted to serve my country
You had to listen to insults and death threats and crude jokes every day that you served
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