anonymous asked:

Hi! Thanks for all the work you do maintaining this blog. Can I ask about life under and shortly after Don't Ask Don't Tell? Also, I had a look through your discharge posts, but I wasn't entirely sure - how would a soldier be discharged if they were outed under DADT?

Thank you very much!

I enlisted shortly before DADT was officially repealed, (which was September 2011, though they were working on repealing it in 2010) so I only had to deal with it officially for about a year, although it would be three years before I actually came out to anyone nonetheless. 

It’s hard to explain being enlisted under DADT. I wasn’t entirely sure what would invoke DADT’s wrath, whether they had to have proof or whether just not acting hetero enough was sufficient grounds for an investigation.

I was only 19 and my sexuality was sorta w/e and I didn’t even call myself bisexual at the time because I was going through my “I don’t like labels” phase, but I got really paranoid really fast. I’m still super paranoid about looking or sounding stereotypically “queer.” I used to write fanfiction and I worried that somehow the government was powerful enough to track me down through my deleted work. I even restricted my porn to het only because I didn’t want people finding gay porn on my laptop.

Sometimes while I was bored in the field or at work, I’d write slash fic in a notebook and then either burn it or flush it down a toilet so no one would find it. I remember losing such a notebook once and freaking the fuck out thinking that someone would eventually find it and read it and KNOW, but then again my handwriting is terrible and the worst that came of it was some asshole drew dicks on the sketches I’d made (why ARE straight dudes obsessed with dicks???). I guess I’m sorta lucky I’m bi, if you wanna call it lucky, ‘cause at least I wasn’t completely faking my sexuality; I was just omitting part of it.

I actually knew a guy who was ballsy enough to be “openly” gay (or as openly as was possible at the time) and he even had “the voice.” I worry he thought I was a homophobe because being around him made me uncomfortable; I was convinced “they” were gonna come for him one day and I didn’t want to get roped into it. He was a nice guy though, don’t think he ever got kicked out (somehow). 

In basic training if we hadn’t fucked up during the week, on Sundays they let us have our phones for an hour to call our parents and tell them we aren’t dead. Shortly before leaving for basic training I actually had met a guy (on World of Warcraft, no less) and we’d been flirting, and he was still texting me while I was in basic which gave me like a million anxieties, because my phone was in my drill sergeants’ possession and like all they would have to do is just start going through it, and it was an old phone so it didn’t even have a password lock or anything. Nothing ever came from it, of course. Never texted him again actually; kinda feel bad about it.

The thing is that like, for me in 2011, there wasn’t a witch hunt or anything. DADT was on its way out at that point. It’s not like people were breathing down my neck trying to trip me up. I’m lucky I joined so late in the game because it was a lot worse back in the day. But still, it just felt more suffocating than in the real world, especially because when I first enlisted I intended to serve my full 20 years and it terrified me thinking that my entire life career could be ruined because someone found a Digimon fanfic I wrote when I was eleven. 

For me, most of my stress about DADT came from not knowing what was wrong, and the rest of my stress came from the constant paranoia and worrying about which aspect of my personality was grounds for dismissal. tbh this probably helped set the groundwork for me becoming the agoraphobic neurotic depressed anxiety-ridden loser I am today.

You might consider reading this post from a few days ago regarding how people might try to kick one out for DADT. If you have a more specific question, you can always ask again! Hopefully this post answers your question and isn’t just me rambling.

Edit: life after DADT for me was the same as before: say nothing, hope nobody notices you. At that point it was just easier to keep my head down, partially because there was a major election coming up in 2012 and for all I knew they were going to repeal the repeal.


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Met up with Kingsley and talked about all the things that drive us nuts about social media. If you’re gonna lip sync on snapchat, learn the words! 😅

Was digging through some of my sprite stuff when I ran into this. Took me a good long while to figure out when the hell I made this, but I think I did this initially as a test to compare the two different Sombras, Pixel Sombra from my comic @the-pony-pixels and Kingsley from @ask-king-sombra by @ask-wiggles after I asked her permission to cameo her Sombra in the Pony Pixels, waaay back during the comic’s first story arc.

Don’t think I’ve shown this to anyone.

Posting this here on my mod-blog because it’s old and I need to be a little more active here anyway.

anonymous asked:

Please help find! I read this on ff. It starts with Ron threatening Hermione. Draco rescues her and Kingsley & Harry come out after. The Malfoys are veela. It was such a well kept secret that not even other veela knew; if they had, the Malfoys would've been royalty. Lucius was a spy for Order, later veela king and trained. Draco hires Arthur. Ron used an evil book to try to bring Fred back. Hermione's parents (thought dead) are alive. Merlin's portrait prophesies. It ends with Malfoy triplets.


Sherlock’s & Mr Kingsley’s dialogue

I have no idea whether this has been discussed already, but I think there’s more to the following dialogue between Sherlock and Mr Kingsley than meets the eye as we can draw quite a few obvious parallels:
Greta: Mary?
President: Sherlock? Mycroft?
Mr Kingsley: John?
“In the back of the neck”: Exactly as it happened in TFP…
“A dangerous new drug”: TD12

Question is: what does it imply exactly, IF it means anything at all…? Sorry if this has been dealt with already <3 @jenna221b @worriesconstantly @gosherlocked@welovethebeekeeper@may-shepard​ 

 Sherlock: Have you ever wondered if your wife was a little bit out of your league? Well… You thought she was having an affair. I’m afraid it’s far worse than that, your wife is a spy.

Kingsley: What?

Sherlock: That’s right. Her real name is Greta Bengsdotter. Swedish by birth and probably the most dangerous spy in the world. She’s been operating deep undercover for the past four years now as your wife for one reason only: to get near the American Embassy across the road from your flat. Tomorrow the US President will be at the embassy as part of an official state visit. As the President greets members of staff, Greta Bengsdotter, disguised as a 22-stone cleaner, will inject the President in the back of the neck with a dangerous new drug, hidden inside a secret compartment inside her padded armpit. This drug will render the President entirely susceptible to the will of that new master, none other than James Moriarty.

Kingsley: What?

Sherlock: Moriarty will then use the President as a pawn to destabilise the United Nations General Assembly, which is due to vote on a nuclear non-proliferation treaty, tipping the balance in favour of a first-strike policy against Russia. This chain of events will then prove unstoppable, thus precipitating World War III.

John: Are you serious?