- Posted on September 20, 2011 at 4:43pm by Billy Hallowell
Today, the military’s 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy expires. The debate leading up to this day has been intense. Needless to say, the decision has been made and the ability to serve openly is now officially on the table.
With experts weighing on on whether or not the policy’s expiration will have a radical change on life in the military and with the public continuing to discuss and debate the issues surrounding it, some intriguing stories are beginning to emerge. Soldiers who have thus far served without discussing their sexuality — some of them while engaging in gay rights activism — are now coming forward.
First, there’s the story of Randy Phillips, a soldier who has taken to social media with the alias “AreYouSurprised.” While he initially made public statements and videos about his sexuality without providing his identity, has now made his face known. Gawker has more:
To celebrate the end of the military’s ban against openly gay servicemembers, a gay soldier stationed in Germany decided to come out to his family and the world in the most public way possible: by recording a video and posting it on the internet.