Bil Browning

The 2011 Gay Picture of the Year

Filed By Bil Browning | December 22, 2011 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: first kiss, gay servicemembers, Homecoming dance, lesbian kiss, lesbian servicemembers, Marissa Gaeta, Navy, picture of the year

After Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta won the ship raffle to be the first sailor to get a homecoming kiss when the destroyer Bainbridge made it back to port, the servicemember made history as part of the first gay couple to participate in the tradition. Her partner, Citlalic Snell, is also in the military.


When Snell came home from her last deployment in August, kissing on the pier wasn't an option.

"This is the first time we can actually show who we are," she says.

Adds Gaeta, "It's nice to be able to be myself."

This is what it's all about, folks.

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