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Gay Soldiers Attacked, Fear Coming Forward Because of DADT

Jim Burroway

July 5th, 2011

Two gay Ft. Carson soldiers south of Colorado Springs were beaten Saturday at a fast food restaurant while their attackers shouted anti-gay and racial slurs. Police are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime, but the two soldiers have to remain anonymous because “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has not yet been officially dismantled.

This attack comes almost exactly twelve years after Pfc Barry Winchell was murdered because he was gay. That murder occurred in July, 1999, and highlighted the physical dangers that LGBT servicemembers are exposed to under DADT. After twelve years and with DADT’s promised imminent demise, some things still haven’t changed. The soldiers, who remain unidentified in KRDO’s story, say that most people in their unit know that they are gay. But, says one, “I don’t need people higher up knowing. I still have to protect myself as far as on the military side.” One of the soldiers is being treated for facial fractures and his jaw has been wired shut. The other had been repeatedly kicked in the head and ribs, and he said his right eye had swollen closed. With injuries like those, it will be impossible for them to hide now.

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Edwin
July 5th, 2011 | LINK

Did anybody step in to stop the beatings or just stand by and wathc. I some times wonder about peoples mentality any more. Anyone that see’s something like this should at least try to stop it or call the police. But with the damages to these soliders it is just plain rediculis to hear about.

Boo
July 5th, 2011 | LINK

Pfc. Barry Winchell was not gay. He was in a relationship with a trans woman which caused him to be perceived as gay by many of his fellow soldiers. He was attracted to his girlfriend as a woman, and never dated men. Please correct the oversight.

james
July 5th, 2011 | LINK

as bad as this is just remember dadt is still the law. gates didnt certify anything and panetta isnt talking about it. no one is getting dates about when this so called training of the troops is supposed to be complete then after that there is the 60 day waiting period. in other words dadt isnt going anywhere. it sounds like it will still be the law of the land for a loooong time.

Amicus
July 6th, 2011 | LINK

Let me remind that the “small government conservatives” were actively peddling their bicycles for federal hate crimes amendments, as follows:

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00234

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