Instead, in 1978, I entered the USAF. I had to pretend I was not a lesbian. Several years into my military service, I got a top secret security clearance. I was a lesbian. My supervisor suspected so. And, he asked as he told me my clearance had come through, "How do you feel about gay people in the military having a top secret security clearance?"
'Gay people aren't supposed to be in the military', I answered.
"But if they are, they could be blackmailed." He said.
'And if they admit to being gay, they are honorably discharged, correct?' I said, "But if they give away top secret information, they are charged with treason, correct?'
'Which would you choose?', I asked.
He asked no more questions. I served my time in the USAF - honorably, without instance. Underground.