Hell, you don't even have to put a picture of your face up there. So how is it possible that the most popular Facebook page belongs to a closeted group like gays in the military? I was still in uniform when I stopped to pick up a bottle of wine for dinner on my way home from the base a few weeks ago.

She, like millions of other Americans, and even fellow soldiers, would soon be meeting openly gay military-service members for the first time. 20, "don’t ask, don’t tell" will be formally repealed.

For gays and lesbians currently serving, it will be a day on which we can go in to work and be honest about who we are without worrying about losing the careers we love.

When I applied to colleges, I applied only to the U. The only time I had even heard of the policy was when an anonymous gay soldier was on an episode of The Real World.

After a few years at the Air Force Academy I came to terms with myself as a gay man and began an emotional journey during which I realized I was struggling under the DADT policy.

I grew up in a small town out West, in a religious family that was always very supportive of me going into the military.

Signing up for the Air Force was something I had dreamed of since I was a child. In elementary school I carried around the Air Force Academy college catalog in my backpack wherever I went. I never considered DADT to be an issue because I didn't consider myself gay.Our first summit will be held in October and will provide an opportunity for American service members to network and talk to foreign military allies who already serve openly.The Out Serve network now boasts more than 4,000 military personnel, including more than 400 deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.To my surprise they were all supportive and even offered to take me to gay bars the following weekend to help me meet some gay friends.In my experience, most gay military members who choose to come out have had similar experiences.Then she looked me straight in the eyes and said, “I’m sorry.