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Gay / Lesbian Military Issues

Gay/Lesbian Military Issues. Links concerning the controversy about Gays and Lesbians in the military, along with the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," policy.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell is No More
Today, the President signed into law a bill which lifts the current ban on homosexuals serving openly in the U.S. Military. During a signing ceremony at the Interior Department in Washington, D.C., President Obama said he is proud to sign the bill, which he says will strengthen national security. President Obama has been dedicated to lifting the...

Navy Policy on Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Navy message clarifying the Navy's position on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Policy.

New Policies for Homosexual Discharges
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has issued new rules concerning "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which will make it much harder for military commands to discharge gay servicemembers.

Gays in the Military
I wrote the below article in 1999 when I first started the About.com US Military Site. Recently, a court declared the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy to be unconstitutional (the military is currently appealing that ruling), so who knows what will ultimately happen? The other day, a few of my gay friends asked me my opinion on...

Homosexual Discharge Rates Drop
Military discharges based on the Pentagon's homosexual conduct policy have dropped to their lowest rate since 1996 and make up a small fraction of unprogrammed separations, according to Department of Defense officials.

Is "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Going Away?
An Army sergeant told an officer he was a homosexual, and the officer turned him in. During the investigation, the NCO admitted he was gay and even offered visual confirmation: a home videotape showing him kissing his civilian boyfriend. Needless to say, the sergeant was surprised with his commanding officer’s verdict: They found no evidence of homosexuality.

Gay and Lesbian Articles
Various articles and papers in support of gays and lesbians in the armed forces.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Report
Conduct Unbecoming: The Seventh Annual Report on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue, Don't Harass," from the Servicemember's Legal Defense Network.

Able vs. USA
First court case challenging DOD's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Database
Standford University's online database on articles, court decisions, briefings, and policies about the Armed Forces Don't Ask, don't tell Policy.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
Sole organization dedicated to providing legal assistance to servicemembers as it relates to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

The Military's Ban Against Gays Should Remain
Essay arguing against lifting ban on military service by open, practicing homosexuals based on an enlisted soldier's personal experience.

The Policy Concerning Homosexuality in the Armed Forces
The policy concerning homosexuality in the armed forces is described in Title 10 by Congress.

The Policy Concerning Homosexuals in the United States Military
Over the past couple of years, the "Don't Ask, Don't tell" policy concerning homosexual men and women in the military has slowly fizzled out. No longer are the days when men and women had to hide their sexual preference in fear of being discharged from the United States Military.

Openly Gay Service Works
The Palm Center Research Institute conducted a study from 2011 to 2012 on the effects of repealing, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The study concluded there were no negative impact on readiness, cohesion, recruitment, retention or morale.

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