So I’ve been mulling over my feelings this past week regarding gay issues. I’ve been reading up on gay marriages, civil unions, anti-hate laws, and most recently the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. The policy was enacted by Bill Clinton in 1993. I find it a tough pill to swallow. I’ve always been proud of my country. I admire the fact that men and women are willing to put their lives out on the line for a place that they believe to be good. What makes this policy so unacceptable (other than Clinton saying he would work to allow gay to be out and open in the military) is that it is basically our top governmental officials saying they aren’t accepting of us. And by us I mean gay men and women who also dedicate their lives to honoring our country in times of need and war. The other despicable aspect of this policy is that it forced men and women to be closeted. Being in the closet is, in my opinion, a personal choice. It’s a personal choice that shouldn’t be forced into policy by the government.
As I was looking over the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy I found some fun and exiting verbage that seem appropriate to visit.
“Sexual orientation will not be a bar to service unless manifested by homosexual conduct. The military will discharge members who engage in homosexual conduct, which is defined as a homosexual act, a statement that the member is homosexual or bisexual, or a marriage or attempted marriage to someone of the same gender.”
I don’t know if straight people realize the tight line gay men and women have to walk in regards to this statement. We gays are not allowed to even breathe a word of our sexuality otherwise they are discharged. Now far be it from me to judge, but I have to theorize there are plenty of men in the military that have no problem at all talking about their wives, their girlfriend/lovers etc. and what they do to them on a daily basis or what they are going to do to them when they get home from active duty. A little one sided wouldn’t you say. If straight military men and women can’t listen to gay men and women talk about our sexual conquests then why should we have to listen to theirs? Of course our government could never think of limiting straights discussing their sexual rendezvous that would be a freedom of speech issue…right? Basically our freedom to be who we are is limited because we “freak” out military personnel. Speaking of which lets read the reasons given to why DADT needed to be enacted.
“…would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.”
Jesus christ, I never realized my homosexuality could bring down an entire military unit. That’s a lot of power my sexuality yields! You know what I have to say about that….your in the fucking military. Grow a set and give the homophobia a rest. I believe you probably have bigger fish to worry about, say the enemy shooting at you, instead of my homosexuality. Really if you can make it though boot camp you would think these people would have some semblance to get over their fear of the gays. Aaaahhh yes my being gay destroys the high morale of group of people who shoots other people…perfect logic. In fact I would like to take a moment to discuss the military not being able to tolerate homosexuality. If military people can’t tolerate something like my being gay how can they tolerate an entirely different culture and way of life. I mean if the military needs a policy to keep me from talking about sleeping with men because it makes them uncomfortable how will they ever adjust to the lives and cultures in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other places in the world that will take soldiers out of their comfort zone. I’m just asking!
Recently we’ve had another winner who has been talking about the gays demoralizing the troops. In a recent Washington Times Article, by Stephen Dinan, Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, has been quoted as saying “It’s a matter of judgment, and I think that would be very poor judgment on the part of the commander in chief,…It would be very demoralizing to the troops.”
Donnelly is speaking about the recent rumors that William White, the chief operating officer of the Intrepid Museum Foundation, might be selected for the position of the Secretary of the Navy. Oh one last thing he’s gay and out!!!!
Heaven forbid we ever put a good, gay role model into a position of leadership to exemplify what it can be like with gays in the military. That would demoralize the troops…? It’s unfortunate people like Elaine Donnelly like to use their voices to perpetuate a negative view of gay men and women. But, there is silver lining to Donnelly’s cloud of hate, the Secretary of the Navy is a civilian position meaning William White is eligible for the position even though he is out in the public eye. You see, DADT cannot be applied to people civilians (I guess it’s that whole taking away the freedom of speech from them and making forcing them to remain in the closet that keeps it from being applied to all of us). Because of his civilian status William White is safe to be gay and be elected to this position if Obama taps him for it…which I hope he does. We will see.
Below is the Stephen Dinan article from the Washington Times and a second article regarding DADT.