049 BRETT JONES: “First Openly Gay Navy SEAL”

While serving in the military, Brett Jones was outed when a voicemail to his boyfriend leaked. The resulting backlash caused a massive and invasive search into Brett’s personal life. He eventually received an honorable discharge and the support of the men he served with.

“I’ve known that I’ve been gay since I was probably about six years old,” he says. “I knew going in [to the Navy] that I was going to have to do a lot of lying.” But the time finally came to tell the truth. Brett tells his empowering story in the memoir “Pride: The Story of the First Openly Gay Navy SEAL.”

Today on BOLD, Brett shares the roots of his painful coming out and the perseverance it took to thrive in a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” world. His site is www.brettjones.net. Join the conversation at www.getboldtoday.com.

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Posted on November 19, 2014 in Episodes

Responses (2)

  1. James Charles
    April 6, 2015 at 12:58 am ·

    Bravo, Sir for your story! We had gay buddies in our company and we didn’t care. I wrote a book (just released) My War With Hemingway, that address this as a sub-plot. Let’s get on with liberty!

  2. Name (required)Jim
    January 9, 2015 at 10:46 pm ·

    As a Vet I’m very impressed with Mr. Jones; not only for his service, but for his strength of character and courage. Seals are tough…this Seal is a step above that. It is a true shame that the Navy lost an excellent man because of something that should be considered a non-issue.

    Jim Brantley

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