March 23, 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell Hits Home

Today I am outraged. I can't decide if this merits tears or rage. The BDU blog was the only outlet through which I could think to express these thoughts. I have always believed that DADT was wrong--it was unconstitutional, wrong on so many levels. I could rattle off a list of facts that would surely make a strong argument for its repeal. But today it hit home. It hit home hard. It was no longer "soldiers" or "Americans" but a friend. I could not promise this friend any security and wanted to cry when I saw them stand and risk everything for who they are. Why is this a choice anyone has to make? So today, DADT's repeal became MY issue. It is in my heart and I am determined to see its end in this presidential term.

Watch out for BDU's DADT display...for those 13,339 soldiers who have been discharged from the US military for being LGBT since 1993. Outrageous wouldn't you say? I am a student of the issue and really invite you all to research it, learn with me, and stand for the rights of all to be who they are.


  1. Thanks a lot, Vivi. I felt the SAME exact way. I'm so happy to have you around being The Best and all.

  2. This was fantastic Vivi. For anyone interested in further reading on the subject, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has a lot of great resources:

  3. Viviana, I too was outraged by the possible outcome that I could see from what had happened. At the same time, the absolute courage that was demonstrated inspired me to be more vocal about this issue.

    I know that slow progress is being made on DADT, but it is progress nonetheless. Over the past several weeks, I have been reading books about military service members and I have also been involved with a service project in which I directly interacted with marines. After having a number of conversations with these young soldiers, I can see no reason why this outdated policy should remain.

    For more personal reasons than ever, I hope that we may see true reform in military policy soon.