New Gay Military Group Comes Out
Written by Jeff Katz |
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
|Tags: outserve, dadt, pentagon, military, gay rights|
With any change comes some adjustment. When it comes to change in government policy, forget adjustment and think more of a meltdown. As a military without “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” inches—ever so slowly—to a possible reality, a group has formed to help the Pentagon ease into the change and avoid said hysteria (like the gay soldiers running around the battlefield with boas while trying to seduce their straight counterparts. Because Fox News says that's exactly what's going to happen...).
OutServe (formerly known as Citizens for Repeal) is the first-ever organization of
actively serving gay troops and they have started speaking openly with
Pentagon officials as well as public audiences. The group currently has about 450 members and is said to be gaining new members at a rate of about 15 a week.
“Active duty and reserve gay
and lesbian troops have been critical to the nation's defense, but almost
completely absent from the conversation. We’re fixing that,” said the group’s co-director, JD Smith.
But if active duty officers are speaking about being gay now, aren’t they at risk of DADT? Technically, yes. But the group says that as gay servicemembers feel optimistic about the repeal, they are beginning to speak more openly, including speaking with military researchers.
Check out more on OutServe here!