July 25, 2011

Icon‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ over by September 2011

Openly LGB soldiers will be able to service in the US military from 20 September 2011.

US President Barak Obama and two top military leaders signed a declaration on Friday to confirm that the repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy would not harm the USA’s military readiness or recruitment.

This final certification means that from September gays and lesbians serving in the military will, for the first time, be able to reveal their sexual identity without fear of dismissal.

“As of September 20th, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country,” said Obama, in a statement.

“Today, we have taken the final major step toward ending the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law that undermines our military readiness and violates American principles of fairness and equality.”

“Our military will no longer be deprived of the talents and skills of patriotic Americans just because they happen to be gay or lesbian.”

2 Responses to ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ over by September 2011

  1. Out Military says:

    OutMilitary.com, the social network for LGBT service members and their supporters, is proud to support U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to certify the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.

    This was, hands down, the right thing for the president to do. The estimated 65,000 active-duty and reserve troops that bravely serve our nation no longer have to do so in silence this September. The end of DADT will bring equality to the ranks; an all volunteer force comprised of Americans from every conceivable background – including lesbian women and gay men.

    OutMilitary.com members are happy about Obama’s decision
    to finally put an end to a discriminatory chapter in American military history.

    http://OutMilitary.com provides a supportive environment for friending, sharing and networking between active duty military, veterans and
    supporters – around the world.

  2. Carolyn says:

    I was and still am interested in serving my country through military efforts, but was dissuaded because of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. I didn’t want to have to hide who I was in order to serve. Now, happily, I won’t have to. What a wonderful step in the right direction for America.