HUFFINGTON POST – Gay Cadet Lashes Out At Air Force Press Release Claiming Gays Are Welcome

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  • Amid the recent furor over the Air Force Academy’s alleged failure to uphold the law protecting gays in the military, the academy released a statement Thursday assuring the public that its culture does not inhibit gay cadets “in any way.”But it appears not all of the academy’s gay cadets are buying it.

    One of these cadets sent a letter on Thursday to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group dedicated to maintaining the separation of church and state in the United States military. At the cadet’s request, the MRFF said it would not release their name, because the cadet is not openly gay. Despite the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell more than two years ago if a cadet is gay and out at the Air Force Academy, their career is “finished,” the letter says.

    “If I and the many other cadets I know who are LGB came out it would be devastating for our cadet and future Air Force careers,” it continues.

    The controversy began earlier this week when news broke that Mike Rosebush, who oversees the “Character and Leadership” coaching program, previously worked as an ex-gay therapist, a controversial practice that purports to make gay people straight. He was also the vice president of the Focus on the Family Institute, an anti-gay organization that promotes the therapy.

    The academy’s statement describes a meeting between its leadership and cadets that belong to Spectrum, the school’s gay-straight alliance. According to the statement, cadets in Spectrum are “proud to be in the Air Force,” and the academy is a “safe and validating place to be LGBQ.”

  • Edith Disler, the director of LGBT affairs to the MRFF and a former faculty member at the academy, said that when she read the school’s description of the meeting between high-level officials and gay cadets she “laughed.””Do you really think they’re going to have an open and engaging conversation? I don’t think so.”

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