This "Soft-Core Friday" is going to be a little bit different than my normal humorous take on my Friday postings so I hope you all don't mind and will ride along with me. I have a point, I promise.
As most of my fellow American's know, the Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) act has officially ended. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, basically it was a policy that didn't ban gays and lesbians from serving in the military as long as they didn't admit they were gay or lesbian. Yeah, let that sink in for a minute. Basically you were allowed to fight for other's freedoms as long as you chose to deny your own sense of self to do so. Thanks for that.
This was a big move to do away with DADT. Whereas in the past, if you were found to be gay while serving, that was a violation of military code and you could essentially be discharged for it, losing your career and benefits for no other reason than for what gender you found yourself attracted to.
Ending DADT is not without controversy. There are strong arguments for both sides of upholding and doing away with it but now the decision has been made and there is new set of policies surrounding gays serving in the military and their rights. I personally think it is long overdue and a good decision but I respect those who disagree with my opinion.
Politics and opinions aside, it brings me to my point today. Finding the courage to be truthful about who you are, honestly telling those you love about that truth, and being accepted unconditionally is a beautiful thing.
This video shows one active duty military member struggling to find the courage to come out to his dad shortly after DADT ended this week. You can see the anguish and uncertainty he is fighting against as he dials the phone and begins that conversation. And you can also see the flood of relief as his father offers his unwavering love and support, no matter what.
This is what it's about kids. Being allowed to be truthful, and finding love and acceptance within that truth. It's not about gay or straight or right or wrong or any of those arguments, it's about being loved for being who you are.
It's a little long and pretty heart-wrenching to watch but it's something worth seeing. Here's to hoping we all can find our truth, be accepted regardless, and be loved through it.