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June 15th, 2005
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Identity, Orientation, Behavior and Slash

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From:mofic
Date:February 1st, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
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I don't know Stargate but this was interesting to read anyway. Does DADT apply to civilians? I thought not.

I see John Sheppard as bi with a stronger attraction to men, identifying as straight and, well his behavior varies on how far I see him in coming to terms with his attraction to men

And that's a journey a lot of men go through.
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From:amycooper
Date:February 1st, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
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No it does not. I should have been clearer. Considering he is not only working but also living in an American military environment, while he's rights would be protected as a civilian contractor, socially he may feel it best not to advertise his attraction to the same gender.
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From:mofic
Date:February 1st, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
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Ah I get it. And that's true of many work environments. I know when I worked in finance in the 1980s I was one of very few out people in management.

In my fandom (and maybe this is true of Stargate, too?) many of the major characters not only work together but all live together, too. This both makes a lot of people feel more inclined to stay closeted (because if your coworkers know, so do the people around you after work) and increases the costs of the closet (those closeted finance guys I worked with could always lead open gay lives when they weren't at work).

Edited at 2008-02-01 04:26 pm (UTC)
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From:amycooper
Date:February 1st, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
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Exactly. In Stargate Atlantis the characters live and work together. In the first several seasons, they had no communication with earth and were unsure if they could ever go back (not so anymore).
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