When the Obama administration announced the repeal of the army's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in 2011, it was hailed as a win for the LGBT rights movement — gay and lesbian people could now serve their country freely without fear of repercussions.
And how things have changed for the LGBT community since. The drastic shift in public opinion on same-sex marriage seemingly came out of nowhere. In the past few years, a steady majority of Americans have said they supported same-sex marriage and its legalization, a huge change from a mere decade ago, when President George Bush's re-election campaign touted initiatives banning same-sex marriage.
The quick evolution of public opinion played a large part in the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage last year. The growing acceptance of LGBT people in mainstream society has led to progress in the Army, too. Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate confirmed its first openly gay Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning.
Through the Whisper app, people have revealed what it's like to be a gay person serving in the military today — how nonchalant their fellow Army members are towards their sexual orientation, and how they want to set an example for others in the LGBT community.