January 6, 2006


Gay soldier leaving Army after assault at Fort Huachuca (Carol Ann Alaimo, 12.18.2005, Arizona Daily Star)

Fear is keeping Pvt. Kyle Lawson awake at night — not of the enemy, but of his fellow soldiers.
For weeks, the 19-year-old Tucson native has been sleeping on a cot in his drill sergeant's office to protect him from further attacks because he is gay.

He's already had his nose broken — and says he also was threatened with a knife — after a friend let Lawson's secret slip at a party attended by members of the 309th Military Intelligence Battalion, a training unit at Fort Huachuca 75 miles southeast of Tucson.

Lawson now feels he has no choice but to leave the military and has requested a discharge.

Like the man said, "Push always comes to shove.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 6, 2006 11:39 PM

Evidently, he forgot about the "don't tell" part.

Posted by: obc at January 6, 2006 11:49 PM

He shouldn't leave the army, he shoud just shoot the inbred bigots who beat him, roll over, and go back to sleep.KB

Posted by: kb at January 7, 2006 12:04 AM

instapundit was discussing how the only time a gay is bounced from the service is when they "confess" to get out of serving their full term. wonder if he was propositioning the wrong people (off base) and got popped for it.

Posted by: toe at January 7, 2006 12:10 AM

I wonder if he propositioned the wrong people on base...

As for grog, summary execution does seem to be one of those punishments the Left loves only when someone commits ThinkCrime.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 7, 2006 1:18 AM

My apologies to grog. I saw a troll posting and automatically assumed that it was the current iteration. Didn't realize that it was the return of an earlier one that left that rhetorical bag of droppings.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 7, 2006 1:24 AM

Instapundit had a good link about how people fake being queer to get out.

If I were doing an investigation on this I would want to know whether this guy had just gotten word that he had orders to the sandbox or something like that.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 7, 2006 2:27 AM

Not sure how it would matter if he was pretending. He was being assualted for it. There's no place for that.

Posted by: RC at January 7, 2006 3:54 AM

"I can't deny who I am", I love that quote. He can't deny who he is, so the army has to change. Arrogant little jackass.

Posted by: Amos at January 7, 2006 6:39 AM

You can't train young men to violently defend our values and then expect them to tolerate deviants.

Posted by: oj at January 7, 2006 7:45 AM

I had a gay corporal in my unit who went AWOL because I assigned him to mess duty, which meant he was confined to the base for a month. He couldn't bear to be without his weekends of gay pleasure.

He returned a week later, went straight to the squadron legal officer, confessed to his gayness and asked for an admin discharge. He was obliged. I had to try to keep his secret from the other Marines in my supply unit until his discharge came through.

This was before "don't ask, don't tell".

Posted by: Robert Duquette at January 7, 2006 10:57 AM

It's always been don't ask, don't tell. You can obviously be gay in any walk of life as long as you keep it secret.

Posted by: oj at January 7, 2006 11:00 AM

the really funny thing is, if kb thought this guy was a republican, he would be screaming for someone to beat him again.

Posted by: col. toe at January 7, 2006 11:42 AM

OJ, yes I can expect soldiers to not beat and threaten gay men they encounter, even in the service.

Posted by: RC at January 8, 2006 12:13 AM