4.5 Million Dollar DADT Survey Insulting, Offensive, and RIGGED (Survey Documents Included)

This week the Pentagon sent out  to 400,000 active duty and reserve troops about the repealing of DADT A copy of the survey was provided to The Washington Post by the University of California’s Palm Center, which studies gays in the military. The group said it obtained the questionnaire from an active duty service member who received it.
Questions include….

* “Do you currently serve with a male or female service member you believe to be homosexual?”
*  In the unit where you had a leader you believe to be gay or lesbian, about how many other unit members also believed the leader to be gay or lesbian?
*  Have you shared a room, berth or field tent with a service member you believed to be homosexual?
*  Have you been assigned to share bath facilities with an open bay shower that is also used by a service member you believed to be homosexual (and also asked how they might behave in such situations in combat.)
*  If don’t ask, don’t tell is repealed and a gay or lesbian service member attended a military social function with a same-sex partner, which are you most likely to do?”

— Continue to attend military social functions
— Stop bringing my spouse, significant other or other family members with me to military social functions
— Stop attending military social functions
— Something else
— Don’t know
*  If don’t ask, don’t tell is repealed and a gay or lesbian service member attended a military social function with a same-sex partner, which are you most likely to do?”

— Continue to attend military social functions
— Stop bringing my spouse, significant other or other family members with me to military social functions
— Stop attending military social functions
— Something else
— Don’t know

We’re not playing games here, we’re trying to figure out what the attitudes of our force are, what the potential problems are with repeal,” said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell. “We need this survey and we need people to participate in this survey to get a sense of the attitudes of the force.”

Bullshit!

Sure you are playing games.  These questions are asking how a person “feels” as opposed to asking relevant questions like: “Were you ever threatened in any way by a gay or lesbian and how?” These questions seem to justify and condone prejudice. If I say my neighbor gives me the heebie-jeebies, is that enough to deny him some of his rights?.  Not only are you playing games this survey is downright insulting and offensive to Gays and Lesbian who are now serving in silence, will serve in the future, have served in the past, and have lost thier lives defending the “so-called” freedom  this country where they themselves must hide and are treated as second class citizens.

Oh and thre cost to us for this offenise skewed crazy survey. 4.5 Million dollars

As SLDN executive director Aubrey Sarvis says: 

Surveying the troops is unprecedented; it did not happen in 1948 when President Truman ended segregation and it did not happen in 1976 when the service academies opened to women, Even when the military placed women on ships at sea, the Pentagon did not turn to a survey on how to bring about that cultural change.”

I tell you after all this it’s a wonder why any gay or lesbian still wants to defend this country that treats us as pariahs.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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