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Saturday 25 February 2006

US paratroopers face charges for gay 'porno' site

Seven U.S. army paratroopers from its elite 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, have been charged with engaging in sex acts in video shown on a homosexual pornographic website. Of these, three face courts martial on charges of "sodomy, pandering and engaging in sex acts for money". The remaining four are to receive various non-judicial punishments.

This is obviously far more serious than simply going after people who happen to be gay and may have transgressed the bizarre "don't ask, don't tell" policy enforced within the US armed services. One imagines that similar sanctions would be made whatever the sexuality of those involved, and quite rightly so. To be flippant for a moment, though, it inescapably brings to mind one of the most homo-erotic mainstream movies ever made; I refer of course to Top Gun: it is very difficult to believe that it was not made at least partly for a gay audience, however much it may also have acted as a recruitment tool for the military in its search for red-blooded heterosexuals with a spirit of adventure.

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