Tag "veteran"

Cataloging the bravery and activism of LGBTQI service members one story at a time.

Dawn Herbert, Among Dreams
August 18, 2014

Dawn Hebert

U.S NAVY VETERAN, 22 MONTHS OF SERVICE   DAWN, ON CROSSDRESSING IN THE NAVY:   Fresh out of high school I served 20 months active duty on the U.S.S. McDonnell. At the time, it was the height of the Vietnam War and the draft was on, so my options were to either enlist or go…

August 18, 2014

Jerre L. Brown

U.S. ARMY, ARMY RESERVE AND ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, 25 YEARS OF SERVICE   JERRE, ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ASSAULT, AND HOW SHE MADE IT AS A WOMAN IN THE MILITARY:   I’m from a small town in western Oklahoma. My only experience with the military prior to joining is that I was married to an…

Among Dreams Project
May 14, 2014

Ty S. Warrick

U.S. ARMY VETERAN, 22.5 YEARS OF SERVICE   TY ON A LIFETIME OF FEELING TRAPPED, AND REFLECTIONS ON WAR:   The military was a safe zone for some one like me. Basically the uniform allowed me to hide my gender for several years. The uniform is very male heterosexual. Because of that, even identifying as…

Sargent First Class Denny Meyer, 2012, Chelsea Rae Klein, Among Dreams
November 21, 2011

Denny Meyer

U.S. ARMY,  NAVY VETERAN, 10 YEARS OF SERVICE   DENNY ON HIS DECISION TO JOIN THE SERVICE NOT BECAUSE HE IS GAY BUT DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE’S GAY:   My mother, like any mother, read bedtime stories.  First, Grimm’s Fairy Tales in German… and I’ll tell you, this produces nightmares: children following ginger bread trails through…