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HBO Films: The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Premieres tonight, September 19th, at midnight and re-airs September 20th at 8pm.

From HBO:

This September, the day the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) goes into effect, HBO will tell the strange-but-true tale of the U.S. military’s ban on gays and lesbians from its implementation, through passionate protests and debates, and finally to its 2011 repeal. A timely and historical look at the legacy of gays and lesbians in the military, THE STRANGE HISTORY OF DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL illustrates the tumultuous evolution of the controversial policy that fostered hate and intolerance within the military – and undermined the very freedoms American forces defend – by forcing many soldiers to lie and live in secrecy.

Directed by Emmy® winners Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, THE STRANGE HISTORY OF DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL will have a sneak preview MONDAY, SEPT. 19 (midnight-1:30 a.m. ET/PT) on HBO, followed by the documentary’s first prime-time play Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

In 1993, President Bill Clinton encountered vehement opposition when he tried to deliver on his election promise of lifting a 50-year ban on gays in the military. The result was the compromise legislation Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which allowed gays to serve in the military provided they didn’t disclose their sexual orientation. THE STRANGE HISTORY OF DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL examines the consequences of the policy and the fight to overturn it, a battle that would last 17 years, span three presidencies and result in the discharge of 13,368 active service members.

Filmed during the final 15 months of the law, THE STRANGE HISTORY OF DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL interweaves archival news footage and interviews with key players, from policy experts to Pentagon personnel, as well as personal accounts by a number of actively serving gay soldiers (obscured from the camera because speaking about their sexual orientation violates Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell). Among the featured subjects are: Mass. Rep. Barney Frank; Ct. Sen. Joe Lieberman; former Pa. Rep Patrick Murphy, an Iraqi war veteran who played a leading role in the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal; Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach; Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer; Jeh C. Johnson, general counsel of the Department of Defense; and Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN).

Filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have produced a variety of acclaimed nonfiction programming, including 24 documentaries for HBO and CINEMAX, among them “Heidi Fleiss: The Would-Be Madam of Crystal,” “Monica in Black and White,” “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” and, most recently, the Emmy®-nominated “Wishful Drinking.”

THE STRANGE HISTORY OF DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL is produced and directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato; supervising producer, Jacqueline Glover; executive producer, Sheila Nevins; producers, Gabriel Rotello and Mona Card; editors, Langdon F. Page, Chris Conway; music by David Benjamin Steinberg.

Federal Court To Hear "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" Unconstitutionality Case

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips in Riverside, Calif. agreed Monday to send the case to trial July 13. Woods is representing the Log Cabin Republicans, a republican group rights group. He says the group hopes to end the 1993 policy by having it declared unconstitutional.. This move goes against the Department of Justice appeal to the judge to defer proceedings in the case “because the political branches have taken concrete steps to facilitate repeal of the DADT statute.”

“Concrete steps my ass….”

This is but the latest in several rulings by the court in this case. Over the last year, the Department of Justice has fougt fang and nail to kill it in brief after brief after brief following ….wait for it….Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s success in killing the suit a year ago by Jim Pietrangelo, who was arrested twice this year at the White House with Dan Choi.

I never thought that I would in a million years say something like this.  But best of luck to The Log Cabin Republicans.

Homo Say What? – Yuma, Arizona’s Homophobic Idiot Mayor Al Krieger On DADT: " "I cannot believe that a bunch of lacy-drawered, limp-wristed people could do what those men have done in the past." (Video)

Homophobe and deficient Yuma, Arizona mayor Al Krieger says that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln would have agreed with remarks he made on Memorial Day about gays in a speech honoring soldiers who had fought and fallen for our country

Said Krieger on Memorial Day: “I cannot believe that a bunch of lacy-drawered, limp-wristed people could do what those men have done in the past.”

Krieger defended his remarks in a recent interview with KYMA: “I’m reluctant to compare myself to George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, but I did get some feedback, and I don’t think I said anything different than what they would have said.”

Gee, I wonder why?  BECAUSE YOU ARE A F*#KING MORON?

Here’s a quick Homo History lesson for you Al. 

George Washington chose to make a general of and put his entire training regimen into the hands of Baron Von Steuben. Von Steuben arrived with a young man who is believed at the time and now to be his lover and Abraham Lincoln shared a bed with Joshua Speed for 4 years, Joshua went so far to wrote in praise of Lincoln’s thighs!

So, your statements about General Washington and Abraham Lincoln are BOTH without merit, historical reference or truth.and nothing more than bigoted bile spewing from that disgusting mouth which I am sure has seen some action at a Yuma Highway Rest Area.

Oh, and if anyone is interested you  can always send the city of Yuma an email to express your opinion about Al Krieger at CityOnline@yumaaz.gov