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Gays In The Military—Part 4 (final) By Dr. Mary Ann Humphrey-Keever
DADT must be dissolved. After my forced resignation from the military, I realized that I certainly wasn't the first to be unceremoniously kicked out and chronicled the first oral history of 42 gays and lesbians in the military from WWII to the present, in the book My Country, My Right to Serve. It is a cornerstone of information on the damages caused to gay and lesbian soldiers of all services, simply for being gay. This book is presently in the hands of President Obama, Secretary of Defense Gates, the Commander of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mullen. I hope it makes a difference in the evidence gathering they feel should occur.
As a founding member of Veterans for Human Rights, and the ranking officer for the Color Guard every June in the Portland, Oregon Gay Pride parade for the past 12 years, I proudly don my uniform and carry the United States American Flag. This is a duty that I perform with extreme pride and respect. I also offer my expertise in the form of appearances and speeches to various organizations and functions throughout the year. As a veteran, I believe it is my duty to set a good example, and help where I can. Being open and out is one of the best ways to help change societies' fear and attitude about someone who is gay.
We must stop wasting tax payers' money by kicking out personnel simply because of their sexual orientation. While it may take time to adjust, there won't be an onslaught of openly gay people who will want to join the military anyway. The fears regarding gays in the military are unfounded as proven over and over again, particularly with the Rand Report.
Truman's bold move was highly opposed, but in the final analysis, it worked. Nothing is perfect, and this change won't be either, but it will set the military on a path of true equality and respect that can be a beacon of light for the rest of the country and the world. It is not an experiment, but evolving, as the changes we see in society are continually amazing us, day by day. The military will survive and be stronger for it.
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