A Day in Gay America

A Day Without 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

For the first time, men and women in the military can openly share their photographs as part of our "A Day in Gay America" project.



9:15 a.m., Fairfield Calif.: "Female pilots rarely get to fly together, and I had the chance to fly with one of my best friends, Liz," said Julie Honeycutt, pictured on the right. "We have known each other since being stationed together in Germany and now at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California. Liz was the first person I worked with that I told I was gay, and I appreciated how it was a nonissue to her and had no effect on our great friendship. Life in the military is getting better now that DADT has been removed."


11:10 a.m., Lincoln, Neb.: Lt. Col. Philip L.“Flip” Fields, instructor pilot and commander, C Flight, 173rd Air Refueling Squadron, goes over his preflight checklist on the KC-135 Stratotanker in Lincoln. Fields came out to his military family after 20 years of serving in the closet and after marrying his partner of seven years in October 2012. Fields says he hopes his rank and time in service will inspire others military members to come out of the closet.