Tag Archives: Repeal DADT

Discharging Clinton’s Legacy

20 Sep

Repealed after 18 years

Today is a significant moment in the Civil Rights movement for the LGBT community.  While I am happy that today marks the end of the military’s  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, I can’t help but worry about how slowly the wheels of progress move and how safe our LGBT brothers and sisters will actually be from their own ranks.

18 years ago, it was President Clinton who capitulated to the Republican bullies and instituted the DADT policy.  Let us not forget the chief bullies that played center stage during the Clinton years, Ken Starr and Linda Tripp, better known as Boris and Natasha.  One need not look hard to see Democratic Presidents capitulating to Republican bullies.

While the Pentagon has made statements that the military is now ready and has been trained to work with the LGBT community, the reality is that we know many of our LGBT soldiers are still going to be bullied by their peers.  I have heard the “higher ups” state that they will enforce the new policies regardless if they agree with them. I worry about LGBT soldiers fear of reporting abuse or harassment; feels rather like our Anita Hill having to report sexual harassment to her then boss and abuser, Clarence Thomas–we all know how well that turned out.  If only we could discharge that legacy of Bush Sr.

For today, I shall put aside my skepticism, and celebrate a move towards civil rights and equality for the LGBT community.  Now, let us get to the business of repealing DOMA!

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Some Much Needed Laughter and Levity for this Sunday

11 Sep

Repeal DADT

Talk about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, this video will have you crying you will be laughing so hard.  Thank you so very much to my friend Sara Swain, a fierce LGBT ally, for sharing this with me.  Click here to watch this wonderful and lighthearted video.

Celebrating LGBTQ History Month: June 9, Leonard Matlovich

9 Jun

Leonard Matlovich

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Leonard Matlovich. Matlovich, who was decorated with both a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, was discharged from the Air Force after coming out of the closet; it was a dishonorable discharge.  Matlovich was a race relations instructor and was the first openly gay person to be on the cover of Time Magazine, 1975.  After a very protracted battle in the court system, Matlovich won an honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1980. Matlovitch died in 1988.  The inscription on his tombstone reads: “When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men, and a discharge for loving one.”

Not Your Usual Memorial Day Article

30 May

During this Memorial Day, I wonder how many gay men and women will be honored and or remembered?  While I think it is safe to say that gay men and women have been active in wars since the beginning of wars, how have they been recognized and honored?  Oh, yes, I suppose we can argue they have been recognized by being publicly humiliated with a dishonorable discharge (Lt. Dan Choi); what a great way to reward someone who has dedicated his/her life to serving their country.  Let us hope that the repeal of DADT will bring some peace to the very ill way we have treated our LGBT soldiers.

(Thank you Jen Lockett for inspiring me to compose this article) I also wonder when we will stop buying into the lies being told about women who serve in the military.  May 30, 2011, women are still not allowed to serve on the front line of duty.  Let us be very clear here! There are women that are fighting in combat, but technically they are not allowed to and are not recognized for their contributions to the military combat.  Yes, people like Newt Gingrich (the self appointed expert on all things military) told a group of college students that:

 …that women can’t serve on the front lines because they get infections.  They might be tortured, and they can’t handle that. They might be raped.

I’m sure Mr. Gingrich witnessed this first had during his military service.  Oh, that’s right. Gingrich never served in the military.  Click here to see the source I used about the hypocrite and fool Gingrich.  Here are five lies/myths men use to prevent women from serving in combat:

  1. Women are too emotionally fragile for combat.
  2. Women are too physically weak for the battlefield.
  3. The presence of women causes sexual tension in training and battle. (Hm, didn’t we hear this same argument about not allowing gays in the military?)
  4. Male troops will become distracted from their missions in order to protect female comrades. (Are the men equally distracted from killing women in Iraq and Afghanistan?)
  5. (I love this one!) Women can’t lead men in combat effectively.

Am I the only one here that says this stinks of complete horse dookey?  This is nothing less than blatant misogyny!  Click here to see the full article in the Washington Post. As we remember and honor those that have served in the military, I hope each and every TSM follower will take some time to reflect on all of the women and LGBT people that have also served.

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