Is it safe to come out on this web site?
Only the person choosing to come out can answer how, when, and to whom it is safe to do so and what personal risks are involved, and sadly, there are still times and places where caution and discernment should be exercised. However, the more people who come out as LGB veterans, active-duty troops, or allies, the safer it will be for the next person.
We are committed to all-volunteer coming out. No one will be identified on this site without their express and explicit consent.
Revealing your sexuality is a difficult decision to make, especially in a potentially hostile environment. Our military has made enough sacrifices; we will not ask them to sacrifice their privacy or their right to come out when, where, and to whom they choose.
Can I participate anonymously?
Of course. To submit your story anonymously, check the appropriate box on the submission form. (If you submit an anonymous video, you are responsible for ensuring that you cannot be identified.)
How do I help if I'm not gay and not a member of the military? And why should I?
Supporting our troops is an equal rights issue, not a gay one. 70% of Americans were in favor of repealing DADT, and it is important that those people tell our LGB military that they are valued and supported, regardless of sexual orientation.
Why did you leave out the "T" in LGBT?
This question is more complicated than it might appear. We are in full support of the fight for transgender rights in the military and elsewhere, and therefore, we use LGBT when we talk about our mission and our affiliations with groups working for transgender inclusion.
However, transgender individuals are not currently eligible for military service, so when we use "LGB," we are referring to those troops who can now come out without official reprisals. Given the legal ramifications for transgender troops, we do not encourage them to come out publicly. For information on work in this area, go to the SLDN, the National Center for Transgender Equality, or Out and Equal. If we haven't answered your question, email us.