Celebrate the Repeal of DADT Today (VIDEO)


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 the momentous repeal 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 mark to 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:


For a list of DADT repeal events occurring on Tuesday you can click here.

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.

To read our complete coverage of the work to repeal DADT 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.

Related Reading:

Gay Solider on How Air Force Band Video Outed Him

Bachmann Would ‘Probably’ Bring Back DADT

SLDN Releases Post-DADT Service Guide

Image used under the Creative Commons Attribution License with thanks to -Marlith-.


Marianne Good
Past Member 4 years ago


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Raymond McIntyre
Ray McIntyre6 years ago

About time.

Dorothy Ellen W.
dorothyellen W6 years ago

Imagine how much time, energy, money was squandered in futile fighting to preserve the bigotry of DADT as well as other such outrageously unjust policies still going on.

A.J. A.
Past Member 6 years ago

Just shy of eighteen years of codified discrimination -- based almost exclusively on ignorance, bigotry, hatred and fear -- have finally come to an end.

Homosexuality is as much a part of nature -- and the natural world -- as are the petulant ignoramuses and bible-beating-bunko artists who claim it is not. Indeed, it is they who are the actual perverts.

The "argument" that because gays are not inclined to procreate they are somehow lesser human beings than those who are is a pathetic -- and patently offensive -- absurdity. After all, by the same perverted "logic," the myriad of childless couples would also be derided second-class citizens who make no "contribution to the continuance of this world." Indeed, anyone with an I.Q. larger than their shoe size and a passing familiarity of the graph of human population growth of this planet would be thankful that not everyone produces offspring.

Finally, those who rail the loudest and the shrillest against the "ho-mo-sexual agenda" far more often than not are perfectly described by the Bard himself with the line "The lady doth protest too much, methinks" (Hamlet: Act III, Scene II).

Danielle K.
Danielle K6 years ago

I think this is great. It's sad that it's taken so long for this to happen.

For those who have an issue with homosexuality...sorry about that, but you should really 'suck it up' and get used to the idea that people (who are born gay, by the way - and therefore should be treated exactly the same as those born treat) are homosexual and should have that equality. We're now in 2011 - grow up!

Ed Gould
Ed G6 years ago

I certainly do hope this ends an embarrassing time in the US.

However I would not believe anything the Pentagon put out.
Wait for 3-4 years then look to see how badly the Pentagon has lied to every one.

Glen P.
Glen P6 years ago

To all your right-wing regressives, take note, you MAY be able to slow progress in America, and sometimes briefly reverse progress, but it ALWAYS wins in the end. American history is clear, in the end right-wing regressives always wind up the losers.

It would be SO nice if you could realize that and stop wasting your and everyone elses time, money, and effort.

-- -6 years ago


Ranjit Cecil Pi R.
Ranjit RATNAYAKE6 years ago

You can openly engage in any behavior you want, and DADT did allow you to do that before but why do you want to contaminate a world that has a natural process of procreation with an institution called “MARRIAGE”. We left the ‘animal’ stage long ago. Are the Gays and Lesbians trying to take everyone back to that era, asking to be allowed to flaunt their practices openly? Gays and Lessos cannot produce children of their own? Where is their contribution to the continuance of this world? My advice to these people is “Get real, get a job, and contribute to the world’s wellbeing as a man or a woman. The world does not owe you anything, except your ‘thank you’ to your heterosexual parents who brought you to this world that’s pretty decent and in good shape and nurtured you to be matured men and women in spite of your weird demands.

I think it will be pathetic when the gays and lessos will one day with the help of the likes of President Obama say ‘hang the world and the lot of you’ we are going to paint the world with ‘rainbow’ colours and demand the privileges that are given to heterosexuals who are toughing it out yet with happiness bringing to the world future citizens of caliber.