Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: When Silence Leads to Abuse

August 12, 2009 · Filed Under LGBTQ, politics, Uncategorized, US Navy abuse investigation · 1 Comment 

I met Joseph Christopher Rocha standing outside San Francisco City Hall minutes after Proposition 8 was upheld. He stood with an American flag and a poised gaze, and I knew right away that this was someone I needed to interview.

Rocha spoke eloquently and passionately about his feelings on the ruling, only briefly mentioning his status as a gay veteran. We kept in touch, and when he mentioned via email that he was discharged because he came out as gay after years of abuse in his own unit, I realized that this story was much bigger than one interview outside City Hall could contain.

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