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Sep 21, 2011

Now they ask, and they’re happy to tell: stories from the frontline

Pentagon officials signed the death certificate for the US military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ban on known gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers today with a rowdy cheer more akin to civilian political rallies than a military ceremony.

Pentagon officials signed the death certificate for the US military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ban on known gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers today with a rowdy cheer more akin to civilian political rallies than a military ceremony.

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  1. Kate Doak

    Kick-ass article, Harley. This is probably the best DADT coverage I’ve seen all day, and I’ve been litterally swamped in US media.

    I’d really like to also hear what exactly the LGBTIQ service and rights organisations are going to do about the Transgender ban in the US, plus why the LGBTIQ media didn’t include transpeople in their coverage, though I think that it will take a bigger brick than this young transwoman can throw to get an answer to any of that.

  2. Harley Dennett

    I just noticed Crikey took out the F in BFD (last graf). If someone no less esteemed than Vice President Joe Biden can use it, why can’t a punky independent media outlet like Crikey? …just kidding, you guys are OK.

    Kate, I’m genuinely surprised the transgender ban didn’t get more coverage when the Adrian Lamo logs revealed Bradley Manning was seeking separation under those provisions. Certainly everyone is a bit sensitive about whether it is a transgender ban, as intent or just in practice. Just like the claims that DADT wasn’t really a gay ban because you could still serve if nobody knew. However that queer community media didn’t find any space is a bit disappointing.

    I do know that the Pentagon has worked with a senior ADF officer with expertise in handling trans cases. Unfortunately I can’t say any more than that.

  3. Sally Goldner

    Kate – throw the biggest brick you can. This middle-aged transwoman will do likewise (smile),

  4. Malcolm Street

    “Just like the claims that DADT wasn’t really a gay ban because you could still serve if nobody knew”

    Which of course ignored the whole issue of partner/family rights, which made it still discriminatory.

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