Andrew Sullivan —  Sep 19 2011 @ 2:38pm


[A]n outspoken advocate for open service who goes under the pseudonym “J.D. Smith.” Smith, a co-founder and co-director of OutServe, will be among a number of gay service members who plan to reveal their real names on Tuesday. A survey of more than 500 currently serving gay and lesbian troops by OutServe indicates that Smith will be far from alone. The survey, to be released on Monday, found that nearly 40 percent of the respondents plan on coming out to some people in the military after the 20th: nearly 17 percent said they will reveal their sexuality to a few close friends in their units; 9 percent said to most of the people in their units; and 13 percent said to everyone.

It's another landmark in the integration of gay citizens into their own country – and a way in which gay patriotism, service and sacrifice can one day be honored in exactly the way as straight patriotism, service and sacrifice always rightly have been.