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Model: MikeWELCOME TO THE MILITARY ISSUE! We are proud to bring you a new issue that will take a look at Latinos like never before! We will take a look at them in the armed services. At a time when we find ourselves fighting the War on Terrorism, and (at press time) with the possibility of going to war in Iraq, it feels only natural to do an issue dedicated to these brave men. The issue of QVs in the military has been a long debated issue. Should QVs be allowed in the military? Or not! One must ask the question, “What does sexual orientation have to do with serving your country?”

Of course, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy instated during President Clinton’s administration seemed to be a bit helpful by saying QVs could serve in the military as long as they didn’t tell anyone about it. But if you look at the policy closely, it really didn’t change anything. QVs can still be kicked out for being QV. So, in reality, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy” really accomplished nothing!

With the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy,” the big question is, why must QVs not tell? After all, these are QV men and women who are serving their country—a country where there are thousands, if not millions, of QVs.

If a heterosexual military man can carry a photo of his wife and proudly show it off to other people in his unit, why can’t a QV male show a photo of his partner?

It is as though QVs must be forced back into the closet, thus raising questions that demand our attention. In a society where we are supposed to be equal, this is definitely an example of where things are anything but.

The Military issue, as you will see, is a reflection of the times for QVs in the military. You will read about a Latino who is currently serving in the United States Army. He’ll talk about the challenges he’s currently facing as a Latino in the military—and how he has to stay in the closet. Because of his concern that this interview would somehow find its way back to the Army and cause him to be discharged for being a homosexual, we agreed to protect his identity by not showing his picture—or even mentioning his name.

Unfortunately, this is just another example of the times that we are living in.

Another story you’ll read is about a Latino man who has completed his service in the military. He’ll talk about his experiences in Desert Shield, and more—and since he’s no longer active in the military, he is able to show his face and include pictures, too. His story is unique, to say the least.

Plus, we asked our readers if they could say something to our Latino men who are out there fighting the War on Terrorism as we speak, what would they say. Read their comments in our “Words To Our War Heroes.”

Overall, we hope that this new issue will help you look at our Latino military men in a whole new light and understand just how much these men have given up to serve the county—and protect us all. Enjoy the new issue!

—The qvStaff


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