In this episode we are going to hear the story of a good friend of mine… his name is Stan. For as long as I have known Stan I’ve always known that he was in the Army. Foolishly I never thought about was how it must have been for him to be a gay man in the army. For some reason, it just never crossed my mind. Stan is also a very spiritual man. He has a deeply personal relationship with his God and it is admirable, to say the least.
I would imagine that being a gay man in the army, and being a spiritual man who happens to be gay creates a sense of a distorted self-identity. However, much to my dismay, Stan does a wonderful job at debunking this belief of mine.Originally I had asked Stan to tell his story of what his experience was like being in the Army before and after DADT was repealed. What I got was a story about the intersection of faith, homosexuality,
Originally I had asked Stan to tell his story of what his experience was like being in the Army before and after DADT was repealed. What I got was a story about the intersection of faith, homosexuality, a living through personal challenges while having to portray an image of one's own masculinity.
Today's episode dives deep into a few hot topics that are used against the LGBT community (such as faith and homosexuality) to persecute us, or used to make us seem less-than. I'm hoping that when you listen to Stan’s story that his genteelness and his desire to share his message of hope and love inspire you to do the same. Love thy neighbor.