With the end of the ban on gays serving openly last year, sailors have been coming forward about their sexual identity in ways large and small to their shipmates. Now, deployed soldiers — and one sailor — at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan have filmed a message that it’s OK to be gay.
“It’s hard being different when you’re young and even when you’re old,” says Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Erin Jones in the video posted Friday. “But it won’t get better until you accept yourself for who you are.”
The video — uploaded to YouTube by the account intheNarmynow — joins a host of others on the website It Gets Better, which collects video messages of hope for gay and lesbian teens struggling with their identity.
“Bravo!!!” one reviewer wrote.