Brett Jones, the first openly gay Navy SEAL, was outed while serving when a voicemail to his boyfriend, who was also a member of the United States military, leaked. The resulting backlash was astounding, including a massive, three-month investigation into Jones' personal life.
"I've known that I've been gay since I was probably about six years old," Jones told HuffPost Live. "I knew going in[to the Navy] that I was going to have to do a lot of lying. Under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' -- it goes a little beyond that. The SEAL community is a tight-knit one and you know everything about everyone there. I knew I was going to have to lie about who I was."
Jones previously wrote a blog for HuffPost Gay Voices about his mission to push for equality in America's red states. In this blog he shared with readers:
"I love my family and the best way I know how to change my situation is to try and live my life as an example, much in the way that I try to be an example to my son. It's my hope that through this objective I am able to disarm the resentment of at least one hyper-conservative, thus freeing that person to take that crucial step towards respect. I have to believe that benefits us all."
Curious to see the rest of the HuffPost Live segment with Jones? Head here to watch it in full.