Wednesday, December 22, 2010

DADT is History (video)

President Barack Obama signed into law legislation repealing the 17-year-old military policy that banned gay, lesbian and bisexual service members from disclosing their sexual orientation under penalty of discharge.

In his remarks leading up to the signing, the president spoke about the courageous gay Americans who shed their blood and gave their lives from the War for Independence to Iraq and Afghanistan. The president said, "We are not a nation that says 'don't ask, don't tell. We are a nation that says, 'out of many, we are one'." 

President Obama addressed gay, lesbian and bisexual service members directly, warning them that this is not over yet. The change in policy still has to certified by Defense Secretary Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mullen, after consulting with the heads of the various military branches. He vowed to see to it the the process happens swiftly and carefully, saying, "We are not gonna be draggin' our feet to get this done."  

Today LGB Americans are just a little more equal than we were yesterday, but there is so much more work to be done. Today's historic signing does nothing to protect or transexual service members. The trans community has stood by us in our struggles, even though we often leave them behind. Trans activist Autumn Sandeen, who stood by Dan Choi's side and was arrested with him at the White House fence, gives her take on today's events at Pam's House Blend

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