Right up through 1990, Jeffry, I had to worry about losing my security clearance because I was gay.

I left the Air Force in 1990 because with the imminent collapse of the Iron Curtain and the predictable fall of the Soviet Union, my career prospects as a Russian language, Soviet specialist didn’t look very bright.

In the back of my mind, though, I always worried that a stray rumor might cause my clearance to be pulled at any moment.

I’d seen it happen!


Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com