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.