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When A Gay Guy Gets Nabbed By The Sexual Orientation Police

Meet Bill, a gay man who dates trans men. Have some questions? It turns out a lot of people do, and Bill is here to set the record straight (no pun intended). Warning: This gets a little NSFW ... so maybe bookmark this one for later if you're in a cubicle.

When A Gay Guy Gets Nabbed By The Sexual Orientation Police


Update: I received some really thoughtful feedback about this piece. I thought I'd share it here rather editing the original text: "Bill’s gay, and he’s also cisgender. The trans guys he dates are bi or gay (or other identities that include being attracted to other guys), so it seemed a little confusing to describe Bill by his sexual orientation but to describe the guys he dates by their trans status. It’s almost implying that Bill’s gender is taken for granted whereas with the trans guys, they need a qualifier." Thanks, kind and engaged readers!

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Joe Biden reversed Donald Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military earlier this year, allowing the entire LGBTQ community to serve for the first time.

Anti-gay sentiment in the U.S. military goes as far back as 1778 when Lieutenant Frederick Gotthold Enslin was convicted at court-martial on charges of sodomy and perjury. The military would go on to make sodomy a crime in 1920 and worthy of dishonorable discharge.

In 1949 the Department of Defense standardized its anti-LGBT regulations across the military, declaring: "Homosexual personnel, irrespective of sex, should not be permitted to serve in any branch of the Armed Forces in any capacity, and prompt separation of known homosexuals from the Armed Forces is mandatory."

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