Nine months after the elimination of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, The Pentagon is openly marking Gay Pride Month. DADT was the military provision whereby Gay and Lesbian service members would not express their sexual orientation and they wouldn’t be asked about it. This is all part of on-going events and displays the Department of Defense has to demonstrate its Diversity. This certainly is a long time coming.
Mitt Romney, the apparent Republican Presidential Nominee, has threatened to eliminate DADT. The question is: How do you put the Genie back in the bottle after He/She has openly walked the halls of The Pentagon. And, they can now serve proudly.
A certain percentage of our population, in general, is Gay or Lesbian. That includes Clergymen, Truck Drivers, Teachers, every Professional Sports League, and every part of our society. Common sense would indicate that it is better not to shun a part of society and lose their participation for the Greater Good of this–or any–Country.
There are Gay and Lesbian Men and Women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan–and suffering Death, Disfigurement and PTSD–along with scores of other GIs. No doubt, they have been there in every war, going back to the Revolution.
I recall that after the attacks on September 11, 2001, DoD Homophobia led to the dismissal of scores of Arabic translators, because they were gay. That’s great timing, huh? No doubt that lends credence to the old cliche of “Cutting off your nose to spite your face”. Firing Arabic translators just when we need them.
Part of the reason why many who resent Gays in the Military is because they are a dying breed. Younger generations are more open and accepting of people for who they are–not what you wish them to be. It’ll truly be a great sight to see the Rainbow (Gay Pride) Flag hanging outside The Pentagon.