"As a bisexual in the military, there is no distinction in terms of
punishment, no refuge in being bisexual. You get the same consequences;
you don't get half a discharge."--Cliff Arnesen: Quote from Lesbian News, October 2001
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Dear Fellow Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Heterosexual Veterans & Advocates:
On the morning of March 15, 1778, after having been court-martialed on charges of attempted sodomy, Lt. Gotthold Frederick Enslin, became the first known soldier in our Country's history to be
“drummed out” of the Continental Army on grounds of homosexuality -- with orders of “Never to return!”
Well, today, 232 years later, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender servicemembers and veterans have RETURNED, with the repeal of the U. S. Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy by an affirmative
vote of the U.S. Senate.
Yes, today, Lt. Gotthold Frederick Enslin finally rests in peace, as do ALL other GLB&T veterans who gave their lives in service to our Country.
Today, as the United States Military fights a "global war on terrorism," our country needs every patriotic American to defend our Democracy. This includes Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender people who have fought with great honor and distinction in ALL of America's wars, and have shed their blood and died on strange battlefields alongside their heterosexual servicemembers in defense of our great Nation.
Today, justice delayed and denied was served to secure human & civil rights -- not special rights -- for the 14,000 plus servicemen and women discharged under the U. S. Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. History will record that the sky did not fall down upon us, and the Earth did not quit spinning.