Ian and Dima sure seem to be in love, but what’s keeping them so distant? Dima is hurt and confused, and Juliette is worried sick. She’s anxious to talk it all over with Ian, who as usual is NOT an open book.
Plans to smuggle Dima out of Berlin are rushing forward, but they’ve hit a huge snag: Bill knows something! And Peltsin? In this chapter, we learn General Borin had better watch his step.
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In the US military in 1989, being openly gay was almost-but-not-quite possible. Depending. Bill’s attitude in this chapter was fairly ordinary. I based Bill on a senior NCO in the Air Force who I considered to be a close friend and mentor. He knew I was gay, and it didn’t phase him one bit. While he ribbed me about my “gay” clothes and fancy haircut, he always did it cheerfully, and I always felt supported and validated.
In my part of the Air Force at that time, being gay was not much of a liability, though it certainly was in other parts of the US military. My biggest concern was my security clearance, without which I would not have been able to work in my chosen career field — or for that matter just about anywhere. Gay people were considered to be security risks because enemy intelligence agencies could blackmail us by threatening to out us. The irony of that was that by the late 80s, it was the clearance policies themselves that created the biggest risk of blackmail.
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