Month: November 2010

Pentagon report sets up Senate showdown on ‘don’t ask don’t tell’

LISA KEEN  |  Keen News Service Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent mixed signals Tuesday, Nov. 30 in releasing the Pentagon’s long-awaited study about how to implement repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell.” Gates said repeal “can and should be done,” but he urged Congress to consider the views of all-male combat units who expressed concern about negative consequences. He said the concerns of those combat units were “not an insurmountable barrier” to repealing the ban on openly gay people in the military, but said the military should be given “sufficient time” to exercise “an abundance of care and preparation” in rolling out that repeal. And neither he nor any other top Pentagon official were willing to give even a vague estimate of how much time would be sufficient. But in a statement released Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama urged the Senate to act “as soon as possible,” saying he is “absolutely confident” troops “will adapt to this change and remain the best led, best trained, best equipped fighting force the world has ever known.” The president reportedly spoke to Republican and Democratic leaders about DADT during a meeting at the White House on Monday to discuss a number of issues. Details of those conversations were not available. Gates’ remarks and the report released by the Pentagon on Tuesday on how best to implement repeal of DADT will provide both...

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90210’s Teddy and Ian Kiss

It’s been a long time coming, but after months of struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, Teddy (Trevor Donovan) kissed Ian (Kyle Riabko) on Monday night’s 90210. Advocate.com: Daily...

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Statement by President Obama on DOD Report on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ____________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2010 Statement by President Obama on DOD Report on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell As Commander in Chief, I have pledged to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law because it weakens our national security, diminishes our military readiness, and violates fundamental American principles of fairness and equality by preventing patriotic Americans who are gay from serving openly in our armed forces.  At the same time, as Commander in Chief, I am committed to ensuring that we understand the implications of this transition, and maintain good order and discipline within our military ranks. That is why I directed the Department of Defense earlier this year to begin preparing for a transition to a new policy. Today’s report confirms that a strong majority of our military men and women and their families-more than two thirds-are prepared to serve alongside Americans who are openly gay and lesbian.  This report also confirms that, by every measure-from unit cohesion to recruitment and retention to family readiness-we can transition to a new policy in a responsible manner that ensures our military strength and national security. And for the first time since this law was enacted 17 years ago today, both the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have publicly endorsed ending this policy. With our...

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Resource Center Dallas laments ‘homophobic subtext’ in Pentagon report on ‘don’t ask don’t tell’

Lee Taft The following statement just came across from Lee Taft, associate executive director at Resource Center Dallas, in response to the Pentagon report on “don’t ask don’t tell” that was released earlier today: “As leaders in the LGBT community, we are pleased to read that the authors correctly conclude that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ needs to be shelved. It correctly notes that countries worldwide have adopted policies that permit military service by openly gay men and lesbians, even when pre-transition surveys suggested high levels of resistance. From a historical perspective, the document is both forward-thinking and timely, and Resource Center Dallas is pleased the time has arrived to get rid of this atrocious policy. “Yet, a homophobic sub-text lurks in the report. We are repeatedly referred to as ‘homosexuals’ instead of the more accurate gays and lesbians, and bigotry is re-cast as stereotyping. Some survey respondents fear under a policy allowing openness, gay service members will become predators—a baseless assertion grounded in pure prejudice. Similarly, the authors note that ‘gay men and lesbians still tend to be discrete about their personal lives, and guarded about people with whom they share information about their sexual orientation.’ This is a wrong-headed and tragic use of a strategy developed by the community to keep ourselves safe. “Make no mistake. We are pleased with the findings of the report. We are committed...

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Nearly 6 months after gay Dallas woman Lisa Stone vanished, some national media attention

Dec. 5 will mark six months since the disappearance of Lisa Stone, a 52-year-old gay woman from northeast Dallas. But Stone’s friends remain optimistic that the case will soon be solved, and their hopes have been buoyed this week by some national media attention. America’s Most Wanted posted a story about Stone’s disappearance on its website Monday, and her friends plan to meet with producers from CBS’ 48 Hours on Wednesday. “We have worked for five months to get this kind of national exposure,” said Tina Wiley, one of Stone’s friends who’s been leading the effort to find her. “We need this to get answers.” Wiley said Stone’s friends are also hearing rumors that arrests in the case may be imminent. A Dallas police investigator who’s handling the case couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Wiley said nothing is planned to mark the six-month anniversary of Stone’s disappearance. However, the group known as the Sisters of ’77 — Stone’s friends who graduated from Mesquite High School in 1977 — plans another reunion on Dec. 11. It was during the first-ever reunion of the Sisters of ’77 in May 2009, WIley said, when Stone came out to many of her former classmates. “It was a huge deal to her, so I think it’s going to be a really emotional party,” Wiley said. “She was real hesitant at first about going...

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