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Gay sailor told he can stay in the US Navy

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  1. Jock S. Trap 1 Apr 2011, 12:35pm

    How lovely of them…

    …shame it was classed as something that needed to be acted upon in the first place.

  2. And the photo actually shows British Royal Navy sailors, but good news anyway that DADT is effectively dead!

    1. Jock S. Trap 1 Apr 2011, 1:53pm

      Yeah I thought that.

      Comes to something when Gay readers know more about uniforms that Gay press.


      1. Well I used to wear that uniform for 11 years, and it wasn’t for fancy dress either ;-)
        I can spot ‘Jack’ at a distance even now.

        1. Is it time to issue the order “splice”?

          Even although I was a “pongo”, I’ve “spliced” twice…
          We had an RN Officer and some ratings on a secondment to us when an Adrimalty signal came through… “All hands, splice the mainbrace.” in celebration of Charlie-boy’s wedding.

          He went the full issue, he accquired some Pusser’s and a Rum Fanny from someplace and we had the full rum issue parade… “Neaters” for CPO (Sgt) and above… Grog for us below…
          They were still with us when HRH Prince William was born and the second signal came through.

          1. Ah, Pussers is the best rum, but not for lightweights….lol. I had it twice for Charlie’s wedding and likewise for Wills birth. Both times the afternoon was a blur….

        2. Jock S. Trap 2 Apr 2011, 7:41am

          Oh, Tease!!


          1. Closely followed by Woods 100. Just finished a bottle. 12 years before the mast, including time 6 years with the WAFUs. I was going to comment on the photo to. And wouldn’t you know it… no WRENS! Though I was sea going. I met more closet gays in the mob than I have ever seen in civvy street. Good for Derek though, hope he’s made the right decision…

  3. Scott Byrne 1 Apr 2011, 2:06pm

    Supposedly under DADT outing was forbidden – it is amazing that at this point (as it is dying) it is being enforced correctly.

  4. Pleased to hear that the action has been lifted … amazed the panel were prepared to follow logic that DADT is dead – but pleasantly surprised – although it should never have had to reach a panel in the first place

  5. Perhaps now we will see a torrent of gay US forces people coming out. That will dispel my Dads view that their are nearly no gay men in the army at all, and all woman in the forces are obviously lesbians.
    Sadly most people still have a hang-up about this, so instead of being thrown out of the army you will get assaulted and murdered.
    Still its a small step and years over due.

  6. Congratulations to the sailor. It is about the US caught up with the rest of the western military world

  7. Thank God and the US Government for standing up for the rights of ALL people.

  8. Richard S. 2 Apr 2011, 5:06pm

    Well, finally some good news. It’s the “colleague” and those like him who should be summarily discharged. Their actions and attitude indicate personality flaws which demonstrably can negatively affect the performance and solidarity of the military. It’s also sad that incidents like this, thanks to the media, “out” the victims globally. Expecting the media to exercise any sort of moral discretion in their reporting is, unsurprisingly, pointless. The upside in this case is what the decision means to the people still howling about killing DADT: so sad, too bad.

  9. This socially backward country is slowly being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century

  10. Martin Lawrence 4 Apr 2011, 3:42pm

    That’s an interesting point, Richard S. I was thinking that myself, about the man who outed him. He is clearly not safe to have working alongside LGBTs, as he has a prejudice against them that will prevent him fulfilling his duties adequately.
    Perhaps someone would correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t we in a strange situation where the President has signed off a change in the law, but the Pentagon has carte blanche to delay its implementation for as long as it likes, so long as it can dream up a ‘reason’? Or have I got the wrong end of the stick?

  11. Pink News – the photo you show with this article is of members of the Royal Navy. The employees of which have had same sex rights for years.
    It wouldn’t hurt to change the photo.

  12. I do not believe you should be judge by your choice but only by your service to our country, no matter what.

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