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DADT Latest News Update: Navy In Contempt For Turning Away Gay Vet, Pentagon Air Force Memo Leaked Saying Abide By Ruling And Halt Dismissals Immediately, and The Department of Justice OFFICIALLY Requests Stay on Injunction Barring Enforcement of DADT

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger 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 Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. Anonymous says:

    October 16, 2010

    President Barak Obama
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
    Washington, D.C. 20500

    RE: REPEALING DADT

    Dear Mr. President,

    The aide reading this, please hand this one to the president, personally. I’m tired of writing, and you are the one reading it rather than the President.

    Mr. President the time is over for excuses. Enclosed are a list and explanations and 26 countries around the world that “for a long, long time” now have allowed and encourage GLBTQ’s to serve in their militaries. According to all of their statistics, there is NO EFFECT on readiness, preparedness, or professionalism. The garbage I hear Gates speaking about, and yourself, waiting like some kind of nincompoops for studies, and someone to take blame if this thing goes wrong in the U.S. has to stop. The time has come for you to step up, be a man, and end this whether it be by your pen, or we wait until our constipated Congress decides to give some people a break.

    While we in the U.S. were passing a DADT law that was antiquated from the start, other countries were choosing to allow open service by gay and lesbians in their militaries. If you need some help sorting this out, please let me help you. I have never been in the military, but if you identify one person in Washington with some common sense, that’s your go to person to hash this little problem out. It is disgusting and demeaning and insulting for you to put this DADT issue off until after elections. I have no respect for anyone that puts that before human beings in pain. Have you even thought about what GLBTQ’s are thinking that are currently serving about someone filling out a “stupid” survey about THEM? Have you thought about how they feel, and all the emotional damage you’ve done allowing this to go on for 2 plus years on “YOUR WATCH”? Ask any health professional if you need facts; they will tell you what it has done and is doing to them.

    I am sick and tired of you telling people that this will end “on your watch”. As I watch you wait and play political games, I lose respect for you as a person. After reading the enclosed, I cried. I find it appalling that we are so far behind in our thinking here in these United States. It’s mind boggling. Just remember every day you put ending DADT off, you hurt all persons currently serving or wanting to serve in the military. Like I said if you need help, just let me know. I have common sense. These 14,000 people or so that have been disgustingly discharged under this ignorant law, should be monetarily compensated for what they would have made had they not been discharged, people that are young enough and willing should be allowed to return to the military as soon as possible, same sex spouses of military personnel should get equal benefits as heterosexuals, all GLBTQ’s should be protected against discrimination of any kind during service, and all rules that currently apply for behavior sexual or otherwise are already there, so you needn’t spend any time on that. Our military already has standards and rules in place to address most all issues regarding GLBTQ’s. I did read one country that allows open service, gives gays and lesbians a choice if they prefer to shower in a separate area. Other than that, Mr. President, there isn’t much to think about now is there? It is oh so simple, and I cannot for the life of me figure out why we have to play these games in congress, and wait any longer to lift this ridiculous embarrassing ban on gays and lesbians. If I were you, I’d push for a constitutional amendment to give gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgendered person’s full equality in all things here in the United States. They need protection and equality NOW!

    Sincerely,

    Albania

    Gays and lesbians are allowed to serve in the military since 2008.

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