The LGBT+ community has had a long history with the military. Unfortunately, most of it has been while serving in the closet due to America’s puritanical laws. Even though there has been a ban on serving for along time in the past, many LGBT+ people joined up anyway. Even though the Stonewall Riots ushered in the gay rights movement, equality was still far down the road. It still didn’t stop anyone from serving.
From TV shows like Bonanza and Gunsmoke to movies like Brokeback Mountain, the idea of a gay cowboy seems foreign to many people. I can easily blame Hollywood for this as their portrayal of the cowboy was hyper-masculine, virile, rugged, and quick with their guns. Anything else was seen as less than a cowboy. Even romance novels play to this trope, not realizing that homosexuality was common in the Old West. When it came to the open range, things weren't so straight when it came to the cowboy's culture.
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.
The Proposal “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.