‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Is No More
Matt | On 20, Sep 2011
Today is an historic day in the military.
Gays and lesbians in uniformed service can stop faking the funk about who they are and love and serve the U.S. in their skin. The military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ban ended Tuesday against “openly known” instances of homosexuality with soldiers. Since its inception in late 1993, over 13,000 soldiers have been discharged because they were found or suspected to be gay.
The armed services have finally caught up with the realities of the 21st century.
As I write this post, the military (to my knowledge) has not ceased to exist. Nothing fell from the sky. The Earth didn’t stop rotating on its axis. Soldiers have the maturity and ability to serve alongside each other and among diverse groups of people.
Troop cohesion, as they call it, will still be in place. Now people that still carry the biases will just have to grow the hell up and accept people for who they truly are.
Is it a “We Are the World” moment? Not exactly. But, it’s a step in the right direction. Inherent prejudice is still very real. The difference is that the military has stopped protecting it.