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Gay children of W.W.2 vets
Bill
Submitted: 2008-11-18 16:26:24.000 (post #: 2271)

My late-father was a w.w.2 vet. He was very homophobic when he found I was gay, and he tried to pull away from the gay lifestyle. I stayed gay, and I will be gay until the day I die. It would be nice to hear from others who are homosexual/lesbian and are children of w.w.2 veteran or adult-children of current active personel.
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Re: Gay children of W.W.2 vets
Jessica
Submitted: 2008-11-29 16:57:43.000 (post #: 2276)

I am a niece of several active military members. I am currently a student of a Vietnam veteran. I also dated a woman who served in Vietnam and her father was military. Her father took it personally in the beginning. That was years ago. Now, he is the most supportive of her. My great uncle as well as my aunt and uncle are very supportive of me. They get along with my wife famously. It really does my heart good. As for my teacher he constantly questions me in hopes that he will some day understand. He does not shut me out. He supports me. The part that touches me the most is that he is so interested in learning about my journey. He often equates it to his return to America after Viet Nam. "They will never truly understand unless they were there."
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Re: Re: Gay children of W.W.2 vets
Grethe
Submitted: 2008-12-01 01:48:45.000 (post #: 2277)

It is encouraging that your teacher does want to learn the journey. Having been in VN myself I do know that we felt that "if you weren't there your would not understand". Part of that is true but not everyone has to take the same journey to learn the anguish of that journey. One of the reasons I wrote (with Chris Fisher) the book Serving in Silence was to describe the journey of being a woman raised in the 1940-50's with bias and prejudice lived, made choices and was part of a social movement. Likewise, the story described coming to term with being a lesbian and the conflict it created both within and in society. There is no question that the past 15 years has created change in society because people like your teacher want to grow, learn and help change society.
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