Tacoma, WA, 23 February 2014.
US Army Nurse Corps Captain Chris Roberts always knew that he was different. Born in to a strict Southern Baptist family, clear delineation of male and female roles and by the book adherence to the New Testament was enforced by both his parents. So when he told his family that he was going to college to be a nurse, both parents were distraught.
According to CPT Roberts, “my Dad says only women become nurses. Are you gay, Chris?” He vehemently told his father that he was not gay. Worried that her son might be a homosexual, Mrs. Roberts took extreme efforts to set her son up on dates even when he went to college in Washington State. “I wanted to get away from home and be free to explore things,” said Chris, “but my mother insisted that I send her pictures of me and my girlfriends, so I sent her selfies of me and my nursing school classmates. Some of them had gorgeous manes and cool outfits.”
During a recruiting drive at the college, Chris Roberts was approached by a nursing recruiter, CPT Pat Scones, who told this reported that, Chris is the kind of poster boy for recruiting males into the profession: blonde, tall, broad shoulders, well chiseled looks, with slightly pouty lips, and trimmed eyebrows. It did not require an arm twisting from CPT Scones for Chris to sign up for the Army.
Fast forward to the present: CPT Chris Roberts, after years of keeping it trapped in, finally came out of the closet last week. Expecting an avalanche of backlash from the Army, his friends, and his family, he took a week off in case he had to hunker down and take the onslaught.
To his dismay, his coming out only created a small blip on his social media site. His good friend Mark said, “good for you bro, I knew you were gay. You’re still cool.” Cindy, who is Chris’s childhood friend stated, “LOL, we all know that Chris. You called action figures dolls. <3” His sister said, “I knew it! Does mom and dad know this?”
Fellow Army officers on his social site all had nonchalant answers. One CPT summed it up: Seriously, none of us thought you were straight. His Chief Nurse, who should not be following her subordinates on social media said, “I don’t know why he did this now. He must not have received the memo that the DoD doesn’t give a shit anymore if you’re gay. Oh well, if it makes him happy to come out of an open closet, so be it. Young adults nowadays have the need to let the entire world know everything. I knew he was gay the first time he reported to my office.”
When this reporter asked CPT Roberts’ mother (his father refused to talk), she said, “I suspected he was gay when I saw him browse through his dad’s PhD dissertation on the evils of gay porn sites.”