DADT Law Called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

DADT Law Called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Today, homophobia in the law called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" comes to an end. a young gay soldier who served between the ages of 17 and 22, DADT has forced me to live a life that was defined by fear to speak openly about my sexuality. Isolate meaningful relationships with my colleagues, rooted in an internalized homophobia that I took years to undo, and a dark'm almost led them to take my own life.

DADT repeal the fact that these soldiers do not go through what I went through. This means that they are free and open to be themselves with the very visible support of the LGBT community outside the military is there for them in every phase. Repeal makes me feel happy, time, and proud of it.

But it makes me a little worried too, because deep down I know that hate and discrimination will not disappear so easily. I know that when it becomes unpopular without spout the kind of ideas they smolder under the surface and manifests itself in different ways. After being an African American soldier in the U.S. Army long after the troops were integrated, I know firsthand how isms and phobias of the dominant society is often repeated in our armed forces, and why protection Legal was established to prevent discrimination based on race.

Unfortunately, this protection is not guaranteed, gay soldiers to serve in the future, because the non-discrimination clause in the gay and lesbian soldiers were dropped DADT repeal language to ensure its passage. Yes, gay soldiers to serve openly, but there is no legal way to combat all forms of anti-gay discrimination that may occur during the service of our country.

This is wrong and worth discussion, as is the maintenance of discrimination at the national level that will keep these soldiers and their spouses to enjoy the benefits of equal marriage. It is these questions and more will keep them and other LGBT people in this country, second-class citizens in or out of the army.

Today, the fight against "do not ask, do not say" it's over, but will signal that the battle for gay rights has just begun. This is a victory that was hard fought and well deserved, and now is the time to be vigilant and take forward for the rights we deserve in all areas. Now is the time to push the rights of marriage itself, anti-school bullying protections extended to protect LGBT Youth HIV / AIDS funding, and will continue to fight against homophobia wherever it occurs.
DADT Law Called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"