Boston, MA, November 06, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- OutMilitary.com, a social network for gay service members and their supporters is proud to release a series of interviews from their members who served under Don't Ask Don't Tell. The first interview is from a 20-year Army Veteran turned Army civilian employee, Steven Stanfill who first enlisted in the Army in 1989. Stanfill describes his Army experience as a gay man, what he had to do – and not say – in order to keep his job. With DADT being repealed earlier this year, it is now more important than ever for these stories to be told.
“Steven's story is a positive one,” said John McKinnon, creator of OutMilitary.com. “Although he had to hide his identity for fear of discharge or worse, Steven made it to Sergeant First Class and retirement.”
“For 18 years the brave gay men and women in uniform served in silence. OutMilitary.com is giving them a platform to speak. Our active duty, reserve, and veteran members come together daily to discuss their experience, tell their story, and network,” said Shaun Knittel, a spokesperson for OutMilitary.com and a 10-year Navy Veteran. “With DADT out of the picture gay and lesbian service members are finding the voice that was taken away from them for so long. These stories need to be told.”
OutMilitary.com provides a supportive environment for “friending,” sharing and networking between active duty military, veterans and supporters – around the world.
OutMilitary.com is a “walled garden.” Members are encouraged to design their profile page to specifically fit their personality by adding photos, video and text. Members can chat via chatrooms or one on one. More than just a meeting place for LGBT service members and their supports, OutMilitary.com is also a source for news and updates on an array of topics tailored for the military community. Members can blog, chat, and connect with one another in a supportive environment.
OutMilitary.com has become the go-to place for the nearly 65,000 active duty gay servicemen and women and an estimated 1 million LGBT veterans.