There has been a lot about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell
(DADT) in the news these days. Most people are not aware of this,
but the language of DADT specifically says that "gay AND
BISEXUAL" service members can be discharged if outed. So every
piece of mail that talks about the problems "gay and Lesbian"
service members face is problematic, as once again we are
erased. As Cliff Arnesen says, you don't get half a discharge
for being bi.
Speaking of Cliff, he is the President of the New England Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Veterans, Inc. He has been
fighting for queer rights in the Armed Forces since he was
discharged in 1967 for being bisexual.
Mike Szymanski wrote about him in his piece this year
for Memorial Day:
Bisexual veteran Cliff Arnesen lobbies for repeal of Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell
You can also read about other bi veterans here:
and let us not forget August Provost, whose murder most strongly speaks to the need for DADT to be repealed:
Returning to DADT, Lt. Choi and others have started a hunger strike until it is repealed, which Obama could do with a stroke of the pen (see past blog "Obama and DADT). Please wear a green armband to show solidarity with them.