16:09, May 15 138 0

2017-05-15 16:09:06

 

Remember when being gay was considered the worst type of security risk?

A week ago, a lot of folks thought that the idea that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government was pretty crazy. But with President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, that idea seems a lot more likely. After all, Trump himself admitted in an interview that the Russian investigation was at the top of his mind when he decided Comey had to go.

So now we’re faced with the real possibility that a hostile foreign power not only influenced the U.S. election by hacking it, but collaborated with the campaign of its candidate of choice to do so. To say we’re in uncharted waters is an understatement. But if there’s any satisfaction at all in the current crisis, it’s in seeing the shoe on the other foot for a change (and this time, with good reason).

Remember when being gay was considered the worst type of security risk? While the arguments about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” hewed to the red herring of “unit cohesion,” the underlying theme was that gay service members were a security risk, an argument made by the GOP for decades to prevent LGBT people from serving their country.

The closet supposedly made them vulnerable to blackmail by foreign powers. Fearful of having their secret exposed, gay servicemembers would supposedly be willing to betray their country rather than have the truth come out.


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