“Being a teenager is tough, in and of itself,” says Marcus Barnes. “But struggling with my sexuality and not being comfortable with it… I went through some tough times as a teenager. I [am] also a person of color. I was so uncomfortable with myself for whatever reason.”
Barnes saw the Marines as a way to maybe, just maybe, fix all of that.
“You drive down the street, you see a billboard of a Marine… you see the uniform, and this steely-eyed look on their face, and I just thought, ‘I want that.’”