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BY THE NAVY ALONE—nearly 400 more than ALL THE BRANCHES COMBINED kicked out during the 17 years that DADT was law.Finally, it erases those active duty service members who courageously chose to out themselves, sacrificing their careers to fight the pre-DADT ban like and, yes, Leonard Matlovich.
ter the implementation of repeal of the ban on LGBs in the military was compounded by the ignorance and bungling for two years of the Obama Administration, Pentagon, Veterans Administration, and even some LGBT military advocacy groups about exactly what DOMA did and did NOT actually forbid in relation to recognition of rights and benefits of her wife, t Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), we've seen too many people still talking as if there was no ban before February 28, 1994.
As if all those forced to serve in silence, all those unjustly and cruelly kicked out of the US Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard simply for being LGB for decades before, all those shamed, all those victimized, individually or collectively in witch hunts, all those put in military "Queer stockades" and/or mental wards during WWII, all those put in federal prison, all those physically attacked, those murdered like Allen Schindler in 1992 never existed. But such "DADT Speak" (not always unwitting) among our own erases the 100,000+ who were thrown overboard before anyone heard of DADT.
"REMEMBER YOUR ROOTS, your history, and the forebears' shoulders on which you stand." - Marion Wright Edelman. As we observe the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we pause to remember those who were tragically lost.
ATTENTION CHICAGO AREA: 5th Anniversary Celebration. Multimedia presentation on the history of gays in the military from the Revolutionary War through repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Unbowed to fear, may we continue to dedicate ourselves to making this world a better place for all people, especially those who are oppressed.
HOW DIFFERENT WAS THE WORLD when he chose to out himself in order to fight the ban?