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USMC Times: “We’re Gay. Get Over It.”

Jim Burroway

September 12th, 2011

This week’s  edition of the Marine Corps Times celebrates next week’s end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” This is what will remain on the newsstands and PX’s all over the world for the next seven days.

Update: Servicemembers United is claiming credit. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has published guidelines for what servicemembers can and cannot do while celebrating DADT’s repeal.

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Ron Rohrer
September 12th, 2011 | LINK

From a Viet Nam Vet, It’s about F’n time.

Charles
September 13th, 2011 | LINK

This is going to drive some people to the point of hysteria.

DarthEVader
September 13th, 2011 | LINK

Yes, Charles, you may be correct, but what about those who are already AT the point of hysteria? Can we hold the party/celebration in place of their wake? Just wondering…

DarthEVaderCheney
September 13th, 2011 | LINK

Correction:

DarthEVaderCheney:

September 13th, 2011 | LINK

Yes, Charles, you may be correct, but what about those who are already AT the point of hysteria? Can we hold the party/celebration in place of their wake? Just wondering…

Michael Bedwell
September 13th, 2011 | LINK

Yes, much has changed for the better than in, e.g., 1975 when a base commander had to be reminded of the Constitution when he tried to order the manager of the PX to remove copies of the famous issue of TIME magazine with Air Force TSgt. Leonard Matlovich in uniform on the cover behind the bold words, “I Am A Homosexual.” http://www.leonardmatlovich.com. BUT anyone believing that September 20th ends the official support for military homophobia has not been paying attention. The Pentagon has already announced that they will deny gay and lesbian service members access to the protections against harassment and discrimination IN the military that other groups such as African-Americans and women have under the Military Equal Opportunity Program [MEO] AND to some crucial partner benefits that even THEY admit are NOT banned by DOMA such as access to “military family housing.”

In short, our fight is far from over as they are replicating some of the same mistakes, based on bigotry, that they continued for years for African-Americans even after they had integrated every branch, and even though Truman’s Executive Order was all about “equal opportunity” not just integration which, in fact, it didn’t mention at all. In bitter irony, the MEO was one of the things that grew out of their finally being forced to stop tolerating racism after “race riots” on bases and ships around the world in the late 60s, early 70s. Another was [now abandoned] “Race Relations” classes for which Leonard Matlovich was a highly rated instructor when he chose to out himself in order to start the fight against the ban 36 years ago. Upon exiting his administrative board hearing where he’d been told he would be discharged, he told waiting MSM: “Maybe not in my lifetime, but we will win in the end.” The date: September 19th, 1975.

Didaskalos
September 13th, 2011 | LINK

I don’t dip into Queerty-speak too often, but…yeah…

Amazeballs!

—Didaskalos

Timothy Kincaid
September 14th, 2011 | LINK

Michael Bedwell,

Yes, even with the end of DADT discrimination continues. And that is why Log Cabin’s lawsuit goes forward. Because legalized orientation-based discrimination is still vile even when it is in a lesser form.

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