When interviewed about her experience in the Army, Mary Jane explains that being gay and out in the army has been a positive experience. Though it is not something that is celebrated, it is not something to be ashamed of either. Mary Jane talks about how her family is given the same rights as heterosexual couples. Her family is given health insurance, able to enroll in school, and gets to live on base or off base; whatever Mary Jane and her family want to do. She recognizes that some homosexuals do face struggles being out and enlisted, but she is fortunate enough not to have had to deal with related ridicule. When asking Mary Jane how being out in the Army has impacted her, she responds that people should be who they want to be and, “when the army changes the world follows.” However, she would say that the army followed the world when considering homosexuals in the military. I follow with, “How could this impact other people?” Mary Jane responds, “People should be happy to know that there has been improvements since Don’t ask. Don’t tell.” In addition, she responds, “Veterans that identify within the LGBTQ+ community are extremely proud of the military and what they are doing to treat those individuals equally.” Overall, Mary Jane’s time serving our country has not been negatively affected by her sexuality.
-Contributed by Amanda Kulmann