After DADT, Remembering Sacrifice

09/20/2011 07:33 am ET | Updated Nov 20, 2011
  • Edward A. Sweeney Active-duty Intelligence Officer, commissioned in the United States Air Force

In many ways this day is almost too surreal. I cannot believe it has finally arrived. No more talk of filibusters, no more whipping votes, no more waiting for certification. It is here. Generations of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coastguardsman, and Marines have paved the way for the equality that me and my fellow brothers and sisters and arms will now enjoy. Their sacrifice will not go unnoticed.

One of the ways in which I will personally contribute to this cause is through the OutServe Magazine, of which I am the Managing Editor and one of its cofounders. Our goal for the magazine is simple: to be a place where LGBT military members can go to find support, articles that discuss issues relevant to their lives, and a home for their ideas. This bimonthly publication can be easily accessed at, where aside from the magazine being featured there people can go to get daily updates on what is happening in the LGBT military community.

Again, this day is one to be savored and enjoyed. My colleagues and I stand on the shoulders of giants. There is still much work to be done, however, and OutServe Magazine will be there to document and report all those efforts as we move forward.