Imagine being beaten by a crowd who hurled racial and anti-gay slurs at you to the point where your jaw needs to be wired shut, and your face is too swollen to even open your eyes for a day – not to mention the six bruised ribs you also received.
Now imagine having to show up to work the next day and do your job, and being legally banned from telling anyone what had happened. And oh yeah, your job is to drive a tank and protect our country.
Unfortunately, this is the reality of two Fort Carson soldiers who were savagely beaten while trying to grab a bite to eat with a friend this weekend in Colorado Springs, CO.
Police are investigating a suspected hate crime after a group of men beat two gay Fort Carson soldiers and others while shouting anti-homosexual and racial slurs.
The victims told KRDO-TV they believe they were targeted at a fast food restaurant early Saturday because they’re gay.
Two victims are Fort Carson soldiers, who asked to remain anonymous because being identified as homosexual could harm their military careers.
“I’m a tanker,” said a gay soldier identified as John.
In a combat unit, John said, homosexuality “is definitely frowned upon,” according to KRDO.
Another victim, called Ted, said that most of his Army peers know he is gay.
“But I don’t need people higher up knowing,” he told KRDO. “I still have to protect myself as far as on the military side.”
Lest you’ve forgotten, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is still very much in effect here in the good old U S of A, and the victims of these crimes could (and would) be discharged from the military if they were to report the circumstances of their assault.
While we’re all busy nursing post-Independence Day BBQ hangovers, let’s not forget that LGBT soldiers in America, despite back and forth from Congress and the repeal of DADT, possess zero protection under the law and are still being kicked out of the armed forces in our country simply for being gay.
Liberty and justice for ALL, eh?