Growing Up, Coming Out, and the U.S. Air Force Academy
Carroll & Graf
On Sale: October 28, 2006
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Reichen Lehmkuhl was playing the role of his life while in
the Air Force. Not wanting to face a court martial for being
gay, he had to live in a world where he had to watch
everything he did and said for fear of being outed; and in
another world where he was free to be himself. “One of the
hardest things for me to reconcile was the fact that I was
completely open with my family and friends but faced the
very real possibility of being court martialed and going to
jail if I was open with my 'work' colleagues.” As Reichen
explains, “The don’t ask don’t tell policy is so
contradictory to what the Air Force and all the armed forces
stand for ... but they force you to lie in order to serve
your country.” It was the contradictions which led Reichen
to leave the Air Force once he completed his commitment.
Happenstance brought Reichen to meet a friend at a Los
Angeles restaurant where he was approached by the casting
director for “The Amazing Race.” Reichen believes his
military training was extremely helpful in his winning the
show’s million dollar prize.
Inside Edition - October 26, 2006
Extra - October 24, 2006
Access Hollywood - October 23, 2006
Good Morning America - October 22, 2006
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