While stationed in Frankfurt, Germany in 1986, then-Sergeant McManus served as Then-General Colin Powell's personal bodyguard and interpreter; Sergeant McManus came out of the closet as a gay man in 1993 at a Memorial Weekend Requiem in San Francisco honoring the Unknown Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Soldiers
U.S. Army Captain Michael McManus revealed that General Colin Powell knew he was gay while McManus was serving as his personal bodyguard, and that it made no difference to the general. While stationed in Frankfurt, Germany in 1986, then Sergeant McManus served as Powell's bodyguard and interpreter, and it was during that time that Sgt. McManus "came out" to him, confiding to him that he was gay.
According to McManus, Gen. Powell, who was at that time the commander of the U.S. Army Fifth Corps, replied, "What do you want me to do about it? As long as youare doing your job well, that does not matter to me. And you are doing an excellent job."
Capt. McManus came out of the closet as a gay man publicly on Saturday May 29, 1993 at a Memorial Weekend Requiem in San Francisco honoring the Unknown Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Soldiers. The event was sponsored by the San Francisco Area chapter of the GLAAD and endorsed by many organizations, including the Alexander Hamilton Post of the American Legion.
McManus chose the San Francisco requiem event as the time to come out publicly because he "can no longer be a part of an organization that promotes and supports such blatant discrimination. It is time for people to realize that sexual orientation is a fundamental part of a person's identity, just as being Asian or African-American."
Capt. McManus [in 1993] planned on being vocal about the military's gay and lesbian ban. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and holds a top secret security clearance. Still fighting the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Michael retired from the US Army in Feb. 2008 at the rank of LTC (Lieutenant Colonel).
He looks like a soldier. He says he’s a soldier. But he's not a soldier. And now he is facing charges for lying about his resume. When we started asking questions, so did the FBI. The man, who the FBI says is nothing but a fraud, even showed up in a military uniform at Houston Mayor Annise Parker's inauguration. The problem is that he didn't earn any of the medals he was wearing.
Michael Patrick McManus was arrested on February 5th, 2010, after a federal judge signed a warrant for his arrest. The FBI says he was arrested without incident.
McManus was previously convicted in U.S. Federal Court in California in 2002, arising out of federal criminal charges originating in Louisiana, for impersonating a U.S. “Air Marshal” and also impersonating a U.S. Army Major