‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ repealed

20 Sep

Today the U.S. military’s ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy that bans gay men and women from serving our country (and in it’s history removed more than 13,000 men and women from the military) was repealed.

Here’s what it says in the Washington Post:

“the Pentagon will now permit troops for the first time to publicly reveal that they’re gay without fear of official retribution. Enlistees who tell military recruiters, or troops discharged under the ban who are eager to reenlist, will be eligible to join up if they are qualified. And the Defense Department says it will have zero tolerance for anti-gay behavior, as it does for religious, racial and gender discrimination.”

Don’t ask, don’t tell repealed: reactions, 9/20/2011, Washington Post

It’s a little glimmer of hope that at least part of our nation is moving in the right direction.  I’ve been there when close friends came out and saw their struggle with telling their family and friends for the first time; I’ve also been able to watch how being accepted for who they are makes them blossom into the amazing women they wanted to be all along.

A young man stationed in Germany came out to his father in Alabama over the phone last night, and recorded it live on YouTube.  As I watched, tears streamed down my face.  You should watch, too.  I know we certainly don’t cry enough around here.

 

Isn’t that amazing?  Don’t you feel so incredibly proud of this man for finally being able to tell his father?  And the reaction from his father leaves me in goosebumps.

Here’s some more news stories from across the web:

npr.org – ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Is Done; Now What?

WashingtonPost.com – ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’ ends after 18 years

NYTimes.com – Out and Proud to Serve

I know the fear for the men and women for coming out while serving isn’t completely erased, I know they will still have to unjustly face harassment; but at least they no longer have to hide out of fear of being removed from what they’re there to do – fight for our country.  Since when does who you love affect that?

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6 Responses to “‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ repealed”

  1. Mo September 20, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    It’s just wonderful isn’t it? 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the vid.

    xoxo!

    • bodegabliss September 20, 2011 at 10:20 am #

      So freaking wonderful. Did you cry like a baby at the video? Or is that just me?

  2. eggsinarow September 20, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    I’m excited for the day when my kids (or grandkids, at this rate…) are as shocked at the stories of DADT and the gay marriage debate as I am at my mom’s stories of “colored” water fountains.

    People are people. The end.

    • slcurwin September 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

      That still F*#@$ with my head too.

  3. Kristen September 21, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    So happy about the repeal of this law! I can’t understand why anyone thinks it’s OK to discriminate based on sexual orientation (or anything else for that matter). Great video…I cried watching it, too.
    XO

  4. Port of Indecision September 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    I know, right? FFS. How does gayness disqualify someone from a job? Unless that job is as a prostitute servicing opposite-sex clients.

    Maybe now they’ll re-hire all those gay linguists they fired a few years ago.

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