Posts tagged ‘DADT’

Solmonese / Doral - separated at birth?Disappointing changes to the discriminatory “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy were revealed today involving a reduction of discharges of GLBT citizen soldiers. The policy still discriminates against gays serving openly, but it’s a more compassionate kind of discrimination. It’s still not a full repeal, and GLBT soldiers can still be discharged for being GLBT.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates does not support repealing DADT until a “full review” is completed, which may take more than a year. By then the Democrats won’t want to support anything controversial because they’ll be coming up on election time again. Waiting for a review to end is a stall tactic, and a pointless exercise.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese was recently given a nod by Washington Life’s 2010 Fashion Awards for his impeccable taste, wearing the designs of Ann Demeulemeester, Billy Reid, and Dolce and Gabbana.

Joe dresses kinda snazzy, just like Aaron Doral, the undercover Cylon from the Battlestar Galactica series. Doral was a big supporter of a different kind of Plan, but it didn’t turn out so good for either the humans or the Cylons. The Cylons continually insisted that The Plan was in the best interests of the lowly human race. Sound familiar?

Anyway, it’s a flattering fashion award, and I’m sure HRC cannot control awkwardly-timed accolades that make them seem out of touch from current events. But like John Aravosis at AmericaBlog (gay) says: “Wouldn’t it be neat if HRC’s president won an activism award for his activism?”

Our great leader Joe assures us that the White House has a legislative strategy to get rid of DADT, that “They have a plan.” If today’s development was part of that plan, this change in the policy is a failure at best, and at its worst it continues to be discriminatory and dangerous for LGBT Americans who still serve in the armed forces.

So far, The Plan is as disastrous for us as it was for the Cylons.

Of course John McCain, Republican ranking member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee is being a dick about DADT because it’s a reelection year for him and he’s a cranky ‘ol potato face. But I hear tell some members of the committee are sitting on the fence about full repeal, so in addition to contacting your congressmen and asking for a full repeal, you can also try getting in touch with the following senators: Jim Webb (D-VA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Evan Bayh (D-IN, nice hair) and Scott Brown (R-MA, woof). Telephone number to do this is still 202.224.3121, or write your representative, or go through the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network’s action center to share your opinion about full DADT repeal.

My friend Phil Attey will have a cow if you don’t do your part to contact your representative by phone, message or in person this week about the need for an Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and to cosponsor legislation ending the ridiculous “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy.

ENDA will help protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination, and the National Center for Transgender Equality is one of the organizations pushing for it. And the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has been a strong opponent against DADT for a long time. Follow the directions on the website links above to contact your representative and let them know how you feel about it, and what you think they should do for you.

Not everyone is a politics nerd, and if you’re not sure who your representative is, go here and plug in your state and zip code. Once you figure that out you can write or call them. The phone number for the Hill is (202) 224-3121. Going through the organization website links above will walk you through the process if you’d rather write.

They take phone calls and messages seriously, and they need to know how you feel on these topics. Call/write for ENDA on March 14-16, and do the same against DADT on Thursday.

If you can make it in person, you can join Kathy Griffin on Thursday from Noon to 1:30pm at Freedom Plaza, Between 13th and 14th St. NW and Pennsylvania and E Streets NW., in Washington DC.