In December, a group of students at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, formed a group called the Spectrum Diversity Council, to serve as a gay-straight alliance on campus.
The night before “don’t ask, don’t tell” ended, cadets at Norwich University, the nation’s oldest private military academy, held the first meeting of the school’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allies Club.
These clubs are school-sanctioned, and their numbers are growing, according to cadets and school officials.
Even at the United States Military Academy at West Point, cadets are forming their own Spectrum student group….
The West Point club…is based on the Coast Guard Academy club. With its approval still pending with the commandant, [West Point Chief of Staff Charles A.] Stafford says cadets would welcome it.
“As we prepared for the repeal of DADT, we underestimated the level of respect and acceptance of the younger generation, and we see that in our cadets today. It is not an issue for the vast majority,” he said.
On Saturday, a West Point alumni group called Knights Out will host a dinner at The West Point Officers Club….
Representatives from The Citadel, the U.S. Naval Academy and The Virginia Military institute told CNN they have not been approached with formal requests to start LGBT clubs at their school, but if the momentum started by cadets at other institutions is any indication, it is only a matter of time before they do.
As Stuart Mackenis, a spokesman for Virginia Military Institute, said, “We have the diversity the whole world has. We don’t have a club now, [but] we could soon.”