Justin Cook is a student at Stanton College Preparatory who is currently in the eleventh grade. Cook is enrolled in an AP Psychology and takes a great interest in connecting the work he does in the class to the work in his other current classes. In this essay, Cook presents his argument on why homosexuals should be permitted to serve in the American Armed Forces primarily from a psychological standpoint. Cook is an active advocate for human rights and the equality of homosexuals. He is also an active supporter of The Trevor Project which is the only American non-profit organization that runs a 24/7 suicide and crisis prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth.
A Deciding Factor in the Participation of the American Armed Forces.
Today in America there are laws set about that are ever changing. The morality of Americans and their viewpoints are altering as our nation is growing and progressing through time. The thinkers of yesterday were once the thinkers of today, and this cycle continues, which is why improvements of the treatment of homosexuals is currently improving. Before the twelfth century, homosexuality was not seen as anything out of the ordinary. The Greeks and Romans regularly participated in homosexual acts and it was widely accepted because of their ideology of free-love. The Sacred Band of Thebes is probably the most infamous example of homosexuals in the military in history, seeing as it was provisioned to be just that. A group of 300 homosexual men consisting of lovers and their beloved, joined together under one bond. The idea was that these men would fight for each other because they loved one another, and therefore would try to keep each other alive, performing any task possible to ensure the life of their love. The army even defeated the Spartans, however, they later met their demise with Alexander the Great (Plutarch). It was not until the twelfth century that homosexuality started to be condemned. This condemnation proved to live through then until now. Due to the fact that America incorporated these early views into its early laws, even the most bland of today's sex acts were seen as unlawful (“Homosexuality and Mental Health”). Since then, these laws have changed, however, there is still a primarily negative connotation on homosexuals when coming from a church or legal standpoint concerning the masses of America.
This condemnation eventually led to the introduction of the separation of homosexuals from military service as seen with the neutral blue discharges which were often given to homosexual servicemen starting in 1916 . This neutral discharge was then labeled “general” and “undesirable”, resulting in a less honorable discharge. Discharges concerning men who were found to be guilty in engaging in homosexual acts were severely different than those who were neutrally discharged. If this were the case then you were then dishonorably discharged (“Don't Ask, Don't Tell” - Wikipedia). The current...