Press Play to start audio

July 25, 2007

Staying Out

Bill Shipley had a distinguished career as an officer in the Coast Guard - he served for over twenty years before retiring. His son, Adam Shipley, was going to follow in his father's footsteps and join the Navy.

When Adam told his father that he thought gays should not be in the military, his father revealed for the first time that he was gay. Bill wanted to protect his son from doing what he had done - choose to live his life in the closet. Not long after, Adam came out as gay, and gave up his plans to join the military and marry a woman.

Bill believes gay men should be allowed to join the military - in fact, he says he himself is proof that gay men can serve with pride and distinction. Guest host Scott Jagow talks with Bill and Adam Shipley about their take on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and what they've learned from one another.

You might also like…

Daily Story Update

Get daily updates and special announcements about The Story.

Produced by

WUNC North Carolina Public Radio 91.5 logo