Gay men have always been part of the American military. In an era before gay marriage or open pride, military men fell in love, formed passionate friendships and had same-sex encounters. Due to social and official discrimination, though, most of their stories have gone untold. Baron Friedrich von Steuben, a Prussian military man hired by George Washington to whip the Continental Army into shape during the darkest days of the Revolutionary War , is known for his bravery and the discipline and grit he brought to the American troops. Historians also think he was homosexual—and served as an openly gay man in the military at a time when sex between men was punished as a crime. With his strict drills, showy presence and shrewd eye for military strategy, he helped turn them into a military powerhouse.
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Critics pointed out that Richard Grenell, believed to be the first openly gay man to hold a cabinet-level position, has no prior intelligence experience. After a Wednesday night tweet from the president, the White House confirmed Thursday morning that the U. Grenell, a staunch Trump ally and defender who previously worked for President George W. President Donald Trump announced the news on Wednesday night on Twitter, while the White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, made an official statement the next morning. Critics were quick to point out that Grenell, 53, has no intelligence experience to bring to the position. Virginia Sen.
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In the military establishments of more than 30 countries, including U. But here in the U. Mike Mullen, in a powerful and emotional statement, denounced the policy before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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