Kansas Army Guard Discharges First Gay Soldier

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Army National Guard has discharged its first homosexual soldier under the federal ``don't ask-don't tell'' policy.

Amy Brian served nine years in the guard, including a stint in Iraq.

She was investigated and ``separated'' last month after a civilian co-worker told authorities they had seen her kissing a woman in a Wal-Mart checkout line.

Brian says she never tried to hide her homosexuality to the close people I worked with.

Brian joins almost 12,500 other lesbian, gay and bisexual service members who the Pentagon has discharged from 1994 to 2007.

Brian joined the Kansas Army National Guard in 1991, wanting to follow in her father's footsteps. She served until 1994 and re-enlisted in 2003.

In between her enlistments, she got married, had a baby and divorced. She kept her secret for many years but told her family she was gay when she was deployed to Iraq.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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