These cadets are not spies or moles. They are gay, and they
exist largely in the shadows of this granite institution known for producing
presidents and generals, where staying closeted is essential to avoid
discharge under the military?s ?don?t ask, don?t tell? policy.
?The most important thing I?ve learned here is how to be a good actor,? said
one gay male cadet, who grew up in Philadelphia and is in his fourth year at
The resignation this month of Katherine Miller, a top cadet who blogged
anonymously about her lesbianism, has turned a spotlight on the hidden gay
culture here and revived debate on campus about ?don?t ask, don?t tell,? at
a time when Washington is also focused on the issue.