I grasped my stack of books centered on “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell” and headed for a nice quiet place to read. My gym. Attempting to read the struggle of Dan Choi while on a treadmill was problematic at first. Eventually I got into a rhythm and was able to knock out a lot of research. I did notice as I read about the military’s hypocritical and deviant policies towards Gay and Lesbian service members I started to run faster. Soon I was pounding away on the treadmill belt. During a particular chapter explaining that, during WWII the US Government had an ad campaign to advertise draft dodgers as weak, less-than-real-men homosexuals, that any man not wanting to serve wasn’t a “real man” and should be mocked, I realized that a part of our society's view on homosexuals is based on the government's need to recruit soldiers.
Around this realization, I was bucked off my treadmill.
Thankfully the gym was close to empty, so no one noticed. No one noticed me falling from my treadmill and shaking my Tim Gunn fist at the ceiling declaring, “Damn you, Lawrence S. Kubie, M.D. Damn you for characterizing men who don’t have blood lust as swishy sissies!”
I might be studying too hard.
This post originally appeared on Steven Bennet's website Nice to See StevieB. Republished with permission.