When I was in the Army I was told I couldn't wear a yarmulke (kippah) that religious Jewish males are wont to wear. But Congressman Steve Solarz, who has died recently, opened the door for me so I could--though peer pressure, truth be told, I never followed through. What a big wimp I was. Of Helmets and Yarmulkes - Forward - Jewish Ideas Daily Now it's amazing to consider places like West Point will in just a few years have clubs geared just to gay and lesbian cadets, now that Don't ask... has been abolished. What a difference a few decades make! I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry.