With such a successful final outcome on this policy change, it would be easy to just savor the triumph, be satisfied, and move on. But what many may not realize, however, is that gay troops are still not being treated equally within our armed forces.
Today, on the one-year anniversary of repeal, it is crucial to look back at who said what about DADT repeal, and how it stacks up against empirical reality. Here is a brief summary of both the most dire predictions and the recent findings.
Our country is safer, our military force is stronger, and our national character is strengthened as a result of the end of DADT.
A number of anecdotes, both funny and moving, were relayed to me last night at the one-year anniversary celebration of the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." The gala honored Admiral Mike Mullen for his role in dismantling DADT.
While the arguments that were once employed to argue against DADT repeal may now look "foolish," the continued efforts by some to greenlight discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual servicemembers is no laughing matter.
For almost three years, from January 2009 until September 2011, I carried out a project photographing closeted servicemembers who could not reveal their faces and identities in these photographs. If they did, they risked losing their jobs by being kicked out of the military.
Everything I learned about creating sustainable change I learned witnessing the effort to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." Before then I never truly appreciated what was required to create change.
Just as World War II was ending, Melvin Dwork, a handsome young American sailor, was given a dishonorable discharge because he was gay. Now 94, Dwork will celebrates his now honorable discharge.
It's time. After 11 long years it's time for us to return to where we were in those first few moments after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and choose t...
I tried to find the homophobes in Charlotte. Really, I did. But such voices were missing or muted at the convention. The memo went out this year to fully include gays.
Given that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has confirmed the success of the repeal process, perhaps it's no surprise that we found that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly has not compromised military readiness.
With the anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" approaching, it's far past time we thank and support all troops and their families for their service to our nation, not just the heterosexual ones.
One of the favored talking points that conservatives like to direct at the LGBT community is that "Obama is just pandering for your votes with his support of marriage equality." But a look beyond that rhetoric, going deep into the record, tells a vastly different story.
Two disturbing pieces of information emerged recently which, when considered together, suggest that Governor Mitt Romney may have plans to try to undo the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) if elected President, but that he doesn't want to say so during the campaign.
This election will undoubtedly be decided on the issues of jobs and the economy, but the issue of gay rights may well play a measurable role for both candidates in November. Unlike President Obama, Romney will have a delicate balancing act to perform on this issue.
Today, her career rather than being threatened has been significantly advanced, thanks to the end of an era of discrimination and prejudice against our gay and lesbian servicemembers.