Saturday, May 05, 2007

Perspective: Sailors say Kitty Hawk’s ‘homophobic culture’ forced them to out themselves

The writing was on the wall for the two Navy sailors — the bathroom wall.

“Washington loves Wright” was what Seamen Burnell Wright and Shaniqua Washington saw upon entering a bathroom aboard the USS Kitty Hawk.

But other messages scrawled on the wall — like “Dyke bitches gonna get stitches” — disturbed them more, they said.

They read them loud and clear, Washington said. The sailors — both 20 years old, both married to men in the States but bisexual — weren’t welcome on the aircraft carrier where they lived and worked, she said.

Read the rest at Stars and Stripes