On Tuesday September 20 the repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service personnel known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) will go into effect, meaning that at last gay, lesbian and bisexual officers will be able to serve openly without the threat of separation for no other reason than who they are.
For literally thousands of servicemembers, past and present, Tuesday will be a day of celebration.
Here is a video from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) celebrating the repeal by chronicling the lead up to theámomentousárepeal day and the process so many went through to make this change a reality (and there’s a small thank you at around the 2:43 markáto all our amazing Care2 members who signed petitions and followed the repeal closely as you will note Care2 is listed among SLDN’s “Allies”):
In addition to this below is another SLDN video, this time for the It Gets Better project, with gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers telling bullied LGBT teens life does get better. Indeed, with the repeal of DADT imminent, this is a group that has campaigned to make it better for LGBT youth:
On a final, more sobering note, the DADT repeal does not repeal the ban on trans servicemembers and so this is a fight that must go on. To find out more about trans servicemember issues please click here.
And finally, a thank you to all Care2 members who signed petitions and followed the repeal of DADT right up to its conclusion. While there is still work to do on many fronts, you all contributed to the voice advocating for change. Thank you for making life better for countless Americans, their families and children.