Friday, December 17, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Be Fabulous

I see one of the automatically generated ads on my blog is from the Democratic National Committee, asking you to call your senator to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. 

I really appreciate the advertising revenue--but as things now stand, DADT is really more like, "Don't Ask, Don't Be Fabulous."  There are some rare cases, such as the Air Force pilot at Mountain Home Air Force Base, who sexual orientation came out during a criminal investigation of an acquaintance.  But strictly speaking, he did not "tell."  He was required to tell by a criminal investigation--he did not go out and make a noise about it.

There are many gay people serving in the armed forces.  They have chosen to put service to their country above making a big noise about their sexual orientation.  I appreciate them for what must be, at times, a bit of a sacrifice.  What I will not appreciate is if repealing DADT means a bunch of gay activists join the military just to "be fabulous" as a way of making a point. 

1 comment:

Justin Unbounded said...

Despite whether or not repealing DADT is wise or not, I don't see that it is going to have a big effect if it is repealed. As you said, gays DO currently serve but as long as they DADT, it's not a problem. I don't imagine we're going to have a huge influx of "fabulous" men waiting at the closest recruiting station the minute the president signs the bill. The military tends to have a particular culture that is not what most "fabulous" men would choose to do in their spare time. I know no "fabulous" men who camp, hunt, and learn MMA during the weekend.