Gay men have always been part of the American military. Heavenly ass an era gay gay marriage or open pride, military men fell in love, formed passionate friendships and had same-sex encounters.
Due to social and official discrimination, though, most of discipline stories have gone untold. Baron Friedrich von Steuben, a Prussian military man hired by George Washington to whip the Continental Army into shape during the darkest days of the Revolutionary Waris known for his bravery and the discipline and grit he brought to the Military troops.
Historians also think he was homosexual—and served as an openly gay man in the military at a time when sex between men was punished as a crime. Three years into the Revolutionary War, the army was low on discipline, morale and even food. With his strict drills, showy presence and shrewd eye for military strategy, he helped turn them into a military powerhouse.
Baron von Steuben drilling American recruits at Valley Forge in Benjamin Franklinwho recommended von Steuben to Washington, played up his qualifications.
He also downplayed rumors that the baron had been dismissed from the Prussian military for homosexuality. After being fired, von Steuben bounced from job to job.
As historian William E. But he was gay, and homosexuality was viewed as a criminal aberration by many of his peers.
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