Ask, Tell and Defend Civil Rights


The don’t ask, don’t tell (DADT) policy gets a lot of ink (make that hits and play – new century) on the net.

As a guy who spends a lot of time standing up for the rights of gays, Jews, Arabs, veterans, the poor, the homeless, the disabled, civil rights, at some point I hope to reach the level of a humanist.

As a humanist, DADT sucks; it sucks worse than the gay-bashing Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) dexterity to stay in the back of the closet.

But hey, I have only been doing veterans’ advocacy for few years, and it seems like 20. So maybe I’m missing something. Though I know a few lesbians who are more-or-less openly serving now.


     I would like to hear what the veterans’ community thinks about allowing gays to openly serve in the U.S. military. Writing for Veterans Today, I never encountered such a motley crew of simultaneously thoughtful and crazy activists. What do you doods think about gays serving? Piss on a poll, I’m looking for comments.

Me (a civilian), I say we’re here to help and defend; and fuck bigotry.

From William McGuinness in The Advocate:

Since 1994, over 13,000 service members have been discharged from the military under the ban, including Lt. Dan Choi, the leading voice in a renewed push to repeal it.

In countries including Britain and Australia, soldiers march in gay pride parades as well as on bases. In Israel, gay soldiers are featured in military magazine cover stories without fear that they may be discharged as a result of the media coverage.

Within the debate, a smaller argument recently broke out over how much value to assign other countries’ policies in determining whether the United States’ ban is behind the curve or off the radar.

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