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Choosing Sides: Being a Pansexual Military Spouse

Published on
October 21, 2021

Jillian Johnson, an Air Force spouse shares her story of coming out as pansexual and how the stigma of being part of the LGBTQIA+ community has impacted her military relationships. She also gives practical advice for supporting someone who comes out as LBGTQ+.

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“A lot of time when people learn this about me, especially in the military community, they’re kind of shocked. There still is a stigma surrounding being LGBTQIA+, especially as a military spouse, and it’s something I kind of want to bring awareness to.”

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“A lot of times a lot of us are in what you would call heteronormative or hetero-passing relationships. You know people make the assumption is ‘Oh, you’re straight’ or, oh, you’re this’ or, ‘You’ve chosen a side.’ But the truth is it doesn’t change who we are or how we love and that’s kind of something I want to bring awareness to.”

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About Our Guest

Jillian Johnson is a proud Air Force spouse, Slytherin and all-around creative soul. She’s a California girl adjusting to Southern life with her husband, three kids and three fur children. She’s currently pursuing a degree in psychology with a focus in child and adolescent development and is an active volunteer within the Robins Air Force Base community. In her spare time, Jillian enjoys reading, music, gaming and crafting. She is also LGBTQ+ and is passionate about bridging the gap to understanding between the cis and LGBTQIA+ communities.

Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This season of the podcast is sponsored by the Modern Military Association of America with music by Stephen McDonough.

LGBTQIA+? Learn about Our Sponsors

The Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) is the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit organization for LGBTQIA+ service members, military spouses/partners, veterans, caregivers, and allies. Find out more at www.ModernMilitary.org

This episode has been sponsored by MMAA

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Disruptive Storytelling with Military Changemakers is a bi-weekly podcast presented by Partners in PROMISE, a nonprofit dedicated to Protecting the Rights Of Military children In Special Education (P.R.O.M.I.S.E.). This season of the podcast is sponsored by the Modern Military Association of America with music by Stephen McDonough.

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