Brian brought a YouTube video to my attention the other day. It features a British soldier returning from war. Amidst the crowd he sees his male lover and the two embrace after such a long time apart. The soldier gets down on his knee and proposes to the man, who happily accepts. The two kiss and the words "All men can be heroes" appear on the screen. It is a beautiful thing, and I hope you take the time to watch the video.
This sort of thing really does happen in real life. On April 24th, a Navy veteran named Cory Huston proposed to his boyfriend, Marine Avarice Guerero (dressed in full uniform after returning from Afghanistan), at Camp Pendleton outside of Oceanside, California. It's supposedly the first ever gay proposal to occur on a military base. And in case you're wondering, Guerero said "yes."
So if you don't think gay men can be heroes, I think you should pay attention to what Captain America himself has to say about it:
- Chris Evans (Captain America) in Playboy Magazine