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and women from serving our country (and in it’s history removed more than 13,000 men and women from the military) was repealed.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– Don’t ask, don’t tell repealed: reactions, 9/20/2011, Washington Post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:
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?