Coming Out

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ends: A young U.S. Airman comes out to his dad


RAMSTEIN AFB, Germany — A 21-year-old airman from Alabama who has been posting videos on YouTube regarding the now ended policy of “Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell,” put up a new video early Tuesday morning in which he shows his face publicly for the first time as he calls his father to tell him that he’s gay.

“I called my dad to tell him the hardest thing that gay guys will ever have to say,” said Airman 1st Class Randy Phillips, in his YouTube post:

The United States Armed Forces on Tuesday officially — and for the first time in its history — opened its ranks to openly gay and lesbian service members.

The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” closes the chapter on a policy “that undermines our military readiness and violates American principles of fairness and equality,” said President Barack Obama, who, on July 22, formally signed the certification that repeals the 17-year-old ban.

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