Andrés opens up about gay Army life and beyond.
On a recent episode of the Pride Podcast, host Levi Chambers spoke with openly gay Army veteran and influencer, Andrés Hernandez. In the interview, Hernandez opened up about serving as an openly gay Army soldier.
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Throughout his 12 years of service, Hernandez built his career as a combat engineer. His job was to locate and disarm IEDs (improvised explosive devices), saving the lives of soldiers and civilians. Although his military career was rewarding and made a difference in the lives of others, Hernandez felt isolated.
While on tour, he thought he couldn’t be open about being gay. At home, his friends and family didn’t understand the horrible realities of war. Hernandez opened up about combat, returning to civilian life and introducing his boyfriend, Max Emerson, to his military unit.
“Before the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, I couldn’t have imagined introducing a boyfriend to my unit.”