Last year “Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star” was published, being the memoirs of Rich Merritt. During his active service as a Marine, Merritt was also involved in making gay porn. When he was promoted to captain in June 1995 he’d already made four of his eight porn videos, using the alias Danny Orlis.
Merritt’s porn career must have been a heavy blow for military officials, since Bill Clinton’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy obviously didn’t result in gay soldiers staying hidden deep in the closet, and it didn’t prevent some from indulging in sexual splurges in front of the camera either.
From several books by Steven Zeeland, Alex Buchman and others, we already knew homosexuality and a military career aren’t incompatible. This was recently accentuated when members of the celebrated 82nd Airborne Division at Ford Bragg were said to appear on a gay porn website.
Army officials are investigating these allegations. Division spokeswoman Maj. Amy Hannah declined to say how many paratroopers are involved, but an anonymous source told journalists up to seven soldiers are involved. No charges have been filed yet. “Once the investigation is complete, the chain of command will take appropriate action,” Hannah said. The group of paratroopers have been removed from their regular barracks however.
Martha Rudd, a spokeswomen at the Pentagon, said the current policy states that “homosexual orientation alone is not a bar to service, but homosexual conduct is incompatible with military service. We define homosexual conduct as homosexual acts or verbal or nonverbal communication that a member is homosexual.”
The military-themed website doesn’t appear to make any direct reference to the 82nd Airborne at Ford Bragg, which is one of the most celebrated units in the US military. Its 15,000 troops are trained to deploy anywhere in the world within eighteen hours and soldiers from the division served extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Re: Re: US Paratroopers Appear On Gay Porn Website
by Jeffrey E Rodriguez on 16 oktober 2007
Don't ask don't tell policy it doesn't work right, there is no reason for gay and lesbians to not service to their country in the military, if they wanted.For all the gay and lesbians in the military I will say good for you , I love you and I support you.Go ahead and fell praud to be what you are.
God be with you allways.