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Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Bring New Faces to the DADT debate

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I had the opportunity to attend a special presentation of the Brave New Foundation's latest installation of the In Their Boots series, the documentary short Silent Partners (Thursday, July 16, 2009, Backstage Theater at Sony Pictures, LA). The screening featured a discussion with Dan Choi, a West Point-trained former infantry officer and Julianne Sohn, a former marine, each discharged under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, as well as Jake Diliberto, a self-described evangelical straight ally and Brian Baker, an Episcopal minister, military veteran, and West Point graduate.  read more »

“Historic Moves,” “Seismic Shifts,” and the Danger of a Policy that Won’t Come Dislodged.

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The National Black Justice Coalition [NBJC] and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, have called for an investigation into the death of U.S. Sailor August Provost. Provost, who completed three years of college before joining the Navy in March 2008 to help finance his education, was studying to become an architectural engineer. He was found murdered June 30, 2009 while on duty.

Does “don’t ask, don’t tell” impact transgender service members?

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Yes, it does.

That was one of the findings from a unique and timely survey conducted by the Transgender American Veteran’s Association [TAVA] and analyzed in August by Palm Center researchers.  read more »

Performance Brings Attention to Sexual Violence in the U.S. Military

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Pat Payne's performance, “Crawl,” directly addresses recent GAO and Veteran Affairs data on rape and sexual assault in the military, but it also speaks to "don't ask, don't tell."

Black Women Disproportionately Impacted by “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

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African American women make up less than one percent of servicemembers, while they comprise 3.3% of those discharged under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. 

 

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DADT & ROTC

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Only four Ivy League schools allow ROTC on campus. The "don't ask, don't tell" policy is given as one reason for barring ROTC from college campuses. Obama and McCain have called on universities to rethink their position.

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