When I started writing Homefront, I took a long look back at what it meant to be LGBT in the military. I served during the Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) era. It had its moments, but there was always this looming threat that I couldn't live my truth even though I served my country.
The Winter Express
It was the last weekend before Christmas. That last big holiday before everyone would ring in the new year. People from all over packed the train station, hoping to catch a quick trip to Winter Park to hit the slopes one last time. I included myself in this as I didn’t want to drive through the Rockies from Denver to a ski resort.
“It’s been three years,” Kristopher said, gazing into Tyler’s deep brown eyes.
“I know. It’s like we only met yesterday. Funny, isn’t it, how time flies?” Tyler said.
Internalized Homophobia within the LGBTQI Community
Internalized homophobia is a real thing, as many in our community are continually invalidating who we are. Many, though its sad to say, also work to marginalize and even oppress the voices within our community. Whether it is in our sexuality, self-worth, identity, expressions, and our rights as human beings, we as a community tend to project our internalized homophobia on others.