Since American President Barack Obama had the controversial Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy repealed, gay, lesbian and bisexual men and women on the front lines are finally allowed to serve for their country loud and proud. Something their fellow Canadian soldiers haven’t had to deal with for years.
“I served with a lot of gay people over seas,” said Travis Irons, a former member of the United States Military Police. “Some of the best soldiers I ever worked with were gay.”
At that time in his life, Travis believed he was heterosexual and was married to a woman. He was stationed out of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina during his three year military career.
After serving a mission in Iraq, Travis returned to the United States and began exploring and discovering his sexuality.
“I didn’t know anything,” Travis said as he recounted his experiences in the US Army. “When I came back I got divorced. Then I came out.”
So what does the former military man turned gay porn star and exotic male dancer think about the decision to repeal the controversial Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy?
“I really hope we don’t take advantage of it,” Travis explained. “I hope that just because they are allowed to come out that they don’t walk around with handbags and everything. I think it’s a good thing.”