In the latest issue of UK homostyle magazine Attitude, four gay Britons serving in the military are profiled. Representing the British Army: Thirty-three-year-old Guy Lowe-Barrow, a native of St. Vincent and in the Royal Logistics Corp. Part of his interview:
Does it affect morale or performance like they thought?
I went to Iraq in 2003, and when we were moving from Kuwait to Iraq and had missiles coming over, you weren't asking someone if they were gay when you were digging a trench. The quicker you got it done the quicker you were to safety. That's what I like about the Army, if you dislike somebody you still get the job done, you put all the differences aside, its a brotherhood.
Which is braver: Being a gay black man in the army or fighting in Afghanistan?
I didn't choose to be gay, but if I had the choice I'd still be gay. It's all I know and I think I am a better person for being gay. There are cultural connotations but I relish this opportunity. There are positive black gay people in the world, it's a shame we don't come out and say we're here.
In related news: While America is finally moving toward lifting its ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, more than 3 dozen other nations, including Israel, Canada, South Africa and Great Britain, already do so. The Palm Center has announced plans for a summit of officials from military forces that allow gay men and lesbians to serve.
A scan of the full-page interview is AFTER THE JUMP...