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By Jeff Lake
Published in the Winter 2016 issue of On Watch.
As this article is being written, the military’s policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” seems like a relic from the distant past. It has now been over five years since the repeal of the policy, so an update does not appear to be necessary. However, issues remain concerning the participation and inclusion of LGBT people in the military. This article will summarize these issues and explore the possibilities going forward.
This is tremendous victory for all who believe in Equality and Justice. We congratulate the many lesbian, gay and bisexual servicemembers and veterans, and their supporters, who made this victory possible.
But the battle isn’t over. The repeal is still subject to attacks in Congress. Homophobia runs deep in the military, and we expect abuse by homophobic commands and servicemembers. For those who choose to come out in the military, we are concerned that harassment and discrimination may pose serious problems.
If you are subjected to harassment or see others being harassed, we urge you to contact the Military Law Task Force for legal assistance.