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Are You Surprised?

In News on October 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Sydney Denault ’13

Seventeen years ago in 1993, the policy not allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the United States military, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, was signed by then-President Bill Clinton. During the time in which this policy was in effect, gays who were discovered or came out during service were discharged from the military. Although the intentions of the policy were supposed to be positive because they were supposed to prohibit military personnel from discriminating against gays serving in the military, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” developed into a policy preventing gays from talking about their sexual orientation or any homosexual relationships they had. It forced gays to serve in secret and in constant fear of harassment and discovery. On December 22, 2010, President Barack Obama signed a law to repeal the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, which officially ended earlier this month on September 20, 2011. This repeal has brought much happiness and relief to those who were forced to serve our country closeted. Although many coming out while in the military stories are beginning to be shared, one seems to have already touched the hearts of many over the past few months, and that would be the story of Randy Phillips. Read the rest of this entry »

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