What Happens When a Gay Army Brat Tells His Dad That He Loves a Navy Man

Prepare to Melt: Freed from 'don't ask, don't tell,' this couple gets to live and love openly.

TakePart News Editor Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is a journalist who has worked in many corners of the world for major news organizations.


Meet 29-year-old Jonathan Franqui.

Raised in a military household—his dad served in the U.S. Army for 22 years—Franqui fell in love with a Navy man named Dwayne Beebe.

Beebe, who is 39 and has served in the Navy for 21 years, couldn't be open about his love for Franqui until Congress repealed "don't ask, don't tell"—the policy that kept LGBT military in the closet.

Watch the story of how their love unfolded and what happened when Franqui told his dad that he was in love with Beebe. 

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