Don't Ask Don't Tell: December 21, 1993-September 20, 2011

"Don’t Ask Don’t Tell", the misguided, discriminatory policy regarding Gay’s and Lesbians serving in the Military, died today at 17.

The 1993 policy, which was driven by ignorance and fear,   required military officials/superiors not to ask members about their sexual orientation, (in the absence of evidence indicating homosexuality) ("Don’t Ask) and essentially warned homosexual/bisexual servicemen and women, to keep their sexual preferences secret, lest they be discharged. (Don’t Tell). The now deceased policy, which was initially heralded as "progress" , resulted in over 14,000 servicemen and women being discharged for nothing other than their sexual orientation.

After thousands of our indescribably brave and patriotic servicemen and women were discriminated against, after thousands (approximately 60,000) of our soldiers were forced to live and serve in fear, and in spite of many thoughtless, disingenuous, and ill-advised arguments against repeal, President Barack Obama (backed by reasonable/sane/fair/tolerant members of Congress) (unofficially) killed the policy on December 22, 2010. Today, less than a year later, its death can officially be celebrated.

"Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" is survived by the "Defense of Marriage Act".

Be Good Friends,

@koolking83

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    Thank you for this story. FYI - http://OUT­Military.c­om has been providing a supportive environmen­t for friending, sharing and networking between Gay active military, vets and supporters in a post "Don't Ask Don't Tell" military since Dec. 2010.

  • TY for visiting the blog-and moreover for your comment. It is nice to know such a site/network exists-and I appreciate you making me and our readers (albeit the few that there are!) aware of it. Thanks again, and take care.

    (Also-I'm not aware if you have served-but if you have, "thanks" does not begin to describe my appreciation)

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