Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Sawicki and his shipmates returned to San Diego this week and Sawicki’s boyfriend was there to greet him. Sawicki smooched with Shawn Brier at Naval Base Point Loma marking the first time in US Naval history that a male same-sex couple had been chosen for the traditional coming home honor, which is decided by lottery. Said Sawicki:
“Everyone was cheering for me when it got announced (I won the lottery) over email. Everyone was very supportive, excited, really happy.”
The USS San Francisco submarine warship had been at sea for seven months.
“It was a long seven months so it was tough,’ Brier said. ‘But we were able to keep in touch so that helped”…. he described the kiss as being ‘like any other kiss, that’s all that matters. We love each other, that’s all that matters.”
This public display of affection between enlisted members of the same sex wasn’t possible until September 2011 with the end of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” which prohibited gay and lesbian military personnel from serving openly. Everybody say LOVE!
(via Gay Star News)