[Ed. – I’m sure the spouses group is thrilled to learn that before Brian joined it, it was just a “wives club with facials and manicures.” In 20 years in the Navy, I never knew a “wives club” to be no more than that. The BS that comes squirting out when people are trying to work up ritual P.C. cheers is hilarious.]
For the first time, the military spouse of the year nominee at Naval Base Coronado is gay.
“I was the kid who didn’t want to be gay,” Brian Alvarado said. “I was scared.”
But, there was no denying it.
He met his husband, Matthew Alvarado, online two years ago. Matthew has been an active duty sailor for the past 17 years. …
Perhaps the scariest moment they shared was the Christmas party for Matthew’s unit.
“That moment when you say, ‘Hi, this is my boyfriend Brian,’ and what is the reaction going to be?” Matthew said.
“I was sweating in my tuxedo,” Brian added with a laugh. …
“They didn’t see us as a gay couple,” Matthew said. “They just saw us as a couple with their command, and it was fantastic. The unit as a whole took him in as part of the family.”
That empowered Brian. He transformed what was basically a wives club with facials and manicures into a true family readiness group.