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U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons

Lindsay Church comes from a military family, and as a teenager, she planned to join the Navy right after high school. Her plans changed, however, in the face of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — the Department of Defense policy born on Feb. 28, 1994, that barred gay, lesbian or bisexual servicemembers from serving openly the military.

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As more and more states legalize gay marriage, through legislation, referendum, or in federal courts, and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” feels a distant memory, and amid news that a high-profile NFL prospect has come out, Brett Jones, a Navy SEAL, has published a remarkable account of what it was like to serve in one of the military’s most elite units during the DADT era.

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