I’m a Gay Veteran Who Doesn’t Like Veteran’s Day

Why thanking me for my service makes me itch

Ed Freeman’s adaptation of Joe Rosenthal’s historic photo depicting five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the flag on Iwo Jima

Today is Veteran’s Day

You can thank me for my decade of service, but I might not like it. Oh, you won’t make me mad, just deeply uncomfortable. Wanna know why? Here’s a story about an 18-year-old gay Marine learning to accept death.

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James Finn

James Finn

James Finn is a columnist for the LA Blade, a former Air Force intelligence analyst, an alumnus of Act Up NY, and an agented but unpublished novelist.