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An openly gay soldier in Afghanistan has spoken about the support and acceptance he has received from his comrades. Trooper Ben Rakestrow, said that since he came out to his squadron a year ago he has faced nothing but harmless banter from his fellow soldiers. The year-old, who serves with 2nd Royal Tank Regiment 2RTR , said it was difficult to reveal his sexuality in such a high-testosterone environment. Rakestrow, from Exeter, Devon, who today completes a six-month operational tour in Helmand province, had already come out to his family and close friends.
Lesslie Polinesia. Age: 23. Hello there I'm standing aline staring at my surroundings, but my mind keeps drifting back to how good a man is when we are together. It's the simple things about man that turn me inside out; but, when we kiss, I burn raw... deep down inside. I crave that next kiss; the one that always leads to more.
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I currently work for the Band of the Scots Guards in central London. Our main job role is to provide musical support for the Guardsmen and Royal Family during the Changing of the Guard, and other ceremonial events in and around Buckingham Palace. I qualified as a GP in August and have been in the Army for 13 years, completing my medical training as a cadet in the UK. I will be based in Cyprus for another two years and then hope to continue as an RMO in the UK with an interest in medical education. I identify as a gay man and am fully open, both in my medical place of work and within the Battalion that I serve. Coming out used to be more of challenge in previous years; I now believe that this is much less of an issue in the Army than when I first joined. I have moved job roles and locations many times in my career and have been honest and open about my sexuality with colleagues both junior and senior.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Age: 24. I have a flirtatious nature, I love seducing. I'm kinky and open-minded. With me you will forget about your stressful job. I'll make you relax. Everything in my body is natural. I have a pretty face and beautiful brown eyes. You will never forget our time together, you'll want more and more.
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A married Army general has said he is planning to come out as gay to highlight what he claims is continuing widespread homophobic discrimination in the armed forces. The officer, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, would be the most senior member of the forces yet publicly to state his homosexuality. He said bullying and abuse of gay soldiers remained rife and prejudice was found in the highest ranks of the services.
By Theo Merz. The move shows how much attitudes have changed in just 15 years. Before , openly gay people were banned from service, and those who suspected personnel of being gay had a duty to report them to authorities.