Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Officially Ends
September 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
Yesterday Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT), the discriminatory policy that forbade LGBTQ military personnel from being able to live openly regarding their personal romantic relationships finally ended. In recognition of the end of the policy and the, hopefully, positive changes that are to come, below is a video of a soldier calling his father to tell him he is gay on the first day DADT is officially over.
Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast wrote in response to the above video, “…when you see the reality of gay servicemembers – like the polite professional above – and the sheer relief of not having to lie to everyone in your life, you begin to realize what liberation this is, and wonder why it took so long.” As a friend pointed out, while DADT marks a significant civil rights victory for this generation, it remains legal in 29 states to discriminate based on sexual orientation, and in 35 states to do so based on gender identity or expression, so while this is a victory for LGBTQ military members and their loved ones, there is still so much left to accomplish for them and for all LGBTQ people. LGBTQ folks can still be fired for their sexuality, struggle against enormous tax and financial difficulties under discriminatory and non-inclusive laws, and in many places, live in fear of hate crimes carried out against them because of their sexuality, among many other things. Yes indeed, there is still much work to be done.