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It’s not your father’s Navy. Thanks to Obama’s order allowing openly gay service in the military, the USS Ronald Reagan now boasts its own drag queen.
Winston Churchill is famously quoted as saying of the British Navy “Nothing but rum, sodomy, prayers and the lash.” Here in America, jokesters in the other branches of the military have spent decades pretending that the Navy is the gayist branch of the services.
The reality, though, is that, up until recently, the Navy was about as “gay” as any other all-male enclave, which is to say that there were almost certainly covert homosexuals reveling in the company of men and that, as always happens when heterosexual men go too long without female companionship, things happened. When female companionship returns, things stopped happening. End of story.
That was then. This is today’s Navy, per an article in the Navy Times, the unofficial newspaper of the Naval Service (emphasis mine):
Years before he became a yeoman 3rd class in the United States Navy, Joshua Kelley was entertaining exuberant crowds under his drag name, “Harpy Daniels.”
The 24-year-old Berwick, Pennsylvania native, who currently serves as an administrative supervisor aboard the forward-deployed aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, brought Harpy along for the ride when he decided to join the Navy in February 2016, a choice he said was heavily inspired by his father.
“I’ve heard many stories of the Navy from my father,” Kelley told Navy Times. “He’s a 24-year senior chief Navy counselor, so it was something I always had insight on. I grew up with the service, so knowing the benefits of it made it an easy path to take”[…]