Thursday, May 29, 2008

Podcast Interview of Gay Veterans

Last night I was privileged to be part of an enjoyable interview on the Gay Patriot's America podcast, hosted by my fellow blogger Bruce Carroll. Our guests included award-winning documentary director/producer Johnny Symon, who was instrumental in the making of the film Ask Not that is currently making the rounds to rave reviews. This film examines the history of the DADT policy banning gays from openly serving in the military, as well as those soldiers it affects and folks who are trying to get it repealed. 3 veterans who are gay and appear in this documentary also took part in the interview, including retired Rear Admiral (USCG) Al Steinman, "The most senior military officer to self-identify as gay (yet, anyway)", along with Jarrod Chlapowski and Alex Nicholson of Servicemembers United. It was truly a pleasure and an honor to speak with all of these gentlemen. For some reason I was a bit nervous helping Bruce conduct this interview (I have to cringe hearing a couple of stutters and loss of my train of thought), but overall I thought it went well.

You can listen to GayPatriot's America here:

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For those interested in giving support to our soldiers overseas, as one listener asked about, please check out some of the fine organizations listed to the left of my blog under "Military Related Websites". Give generously as their service and sacrifices for the country are certainly worth it.

Finally, the predecessor group to Servicemembers United spoken about on the podcast, The Call to Duty Tour, has some excellent video and audio I highly recommend to learn more that can be found here. Although these folks were not on last night, if you are interested in listening to a podcast by a gay soldier and his straight buddies who are all currently serving, I highly recommend the DADT Podcast. It's very entertaining!