D.A.D.T. Repealed, So Now What?

Posted: September 22, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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The “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban was officially terminated as of Sept. 20. What does that actually mean though? Just because it’s finally been repealed two decades later, doesn’t mean that it’s going to make all of the previous issues go away with a snap of some legislative fingers.

This policy, which openly discriminated against homosexuality, was initiated in 1993 by former President Bill Clinton as a compromise to the steadfast ban on gays in the military.

This was definitely a historic moment many individuals and groups had been working towards for quite a while, and I’m not trying to discount that by any means. The point that I think is extremely pertinent to the situation is that now there needs to be work done to implement policies preventing discrimination within the military. Yes, openly gay men and women may now join the military, but that does not guarantee acceptance, or civility, among their peers. There are still plenty of close-minded individuals in and out of the military.

A BBC News article regarding the topic included quotes from an interview with a female army major pointing out that the lack of anti-discrimination measures means “there’s no legal recourse” for denial of promotions or harassment “due to their sexuality.” Family support and healthcare benefits are also not guaranteed to homosexual couples. The potential for discrimination seems to be reason enough for many to stay “in the closet,” rather than face unequal treatment within the military.

Maybe I’ll be proven wrong though. There is the possibility that those within the military that are accepting, or even just indifferent, of homosexuality will be a strong positive influence on others that are less accepting. Until we know the answer to that, at least this has helped some people to declare what they could not say before. A tip of the hat to those folks, including this guy.

-Erin Elzo

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  2. Harry says:


    The DADT repeal is such a paramount change in America’s history and for the LGBT community because it no longer allows the supported unfair treatment through lack of equal rights towards Homosexual people. Simply put, it shows to all American’s, old or young, regardless of background or colour.. that Homosexual people will not be treated differently.

    That has a large systemic effect.

    It means that, as we progress and this slow change is brought about, American’s and people worldwide, will no longer be able to look to Government and Law to encourage doubt raising the question why Homosexual people are second class citizens. This is usually followed by the opinions of surrounding people that directly influence (whether it be intentional or not) how a person views, or feels about Homosexual people.

    This mission, is to bring about tolerance not acceptance and there is a considerable difference. If we are to ‘practice what we preach’ by respecting the views and beliefs of others, you cannot force people into accepting something they’re not comfortable to accept. The guidelines to this however are implying that OK, you can have your own opinions and teach your children however you see fit, but what about the picket fencing, the slurs, the bullying, the assaults, the suicides and in extreme cases, the deaths.

    I believe that this is where your blog’s tone spans from, which is completely understandable. The values and attitudes reflected by todays society as a majority toward Gay people, will eventually dissipate. There are multiple social studies showing that as older generations begin to fade we are left with a far more tolerant and accepting generation (which includes myself). We now have kids, families, friends, neighbourhoods where open Gay people are completely socially integrated without unrest from others, in whichever form it chooses to come in.

    As soon as that majority, ticks over to a minority, the instant change you seek, will then come about swiftly if it hasn’t already by then.

    The President of the United States of America has enacted a change that has and will continue to benefit humanity and strengthen us as human beings, together.

    So yes, we should keep fighting the good fight, not just for American’s but for the worldwide LGBT community, but… for right now, the right way to bring about that change is to focus on equalising the rights for Gay people because so long as Government supports the opposite, that majority I spoke of, will remain a majority.

    Well done, President Obama.

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