Category Archives: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Gay Dutch soldiers responsible for Srebrenica massacre says US general

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The Dutch government condemned the comments by Gen. John Sheehan, a former Nato commander and senior marine officer, as outrageous. Gen. Sheehan made the remarks at a Senate hearing where he argued against plans by President Barack Obama to end a ban on allowing gays to serve openly in the US military. – Telegraph UK

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Six Years Ago Today – We Fled to Canada for Freedom

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Frank Jump, left, kisses his partner Vincenzo Aiosa as they hold their marriage license at city hall in Toronto, Friday Feb. 13, 2004. Jump and Aiosa were one of seven couples from the United States who came to Toronto to get marriage licenses. (AP Photo/CP, Adrian Wyld)

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Thirty years ago, homos had a heart on for promiscuity and the right wing vilified us. Today homos have a heart on for monogamy and marriage and the right wing vilifies us. Let’s face it. They don’t like us. We’re here, we’re queer – get on with it!

Rotten to the core © Vincenzo Aiosa

I think it is really Rotten that we are still not allowed to get married in New York State- thanks to a bunch of Republican Assholes in Albany. Also adding to the list of assholes are the Democrats who voted against the bill included Sens. Joseph Addabbo, Shirley Huntley, George Onorato and Hiram Monserrate of Queens, Carl Kruger of Brooklyn, Ruben Diaz Sr. of the Bronx, Darrel Aubertine of the North Country, and William Stachowski of the Buffalo area. – Vincenzo Aiosa – Rantourage

Frank Jump and Vincenzo Aiosa got married on Valentine’s Day, February 14th 2004 in Toronto, Canada.

Thank you Equal Marriage Canada, The Great City and People of Toronto, The Honorable Justice Harvey Brownstone and his partner Marty, and Brendan Fay and Jesús Lebrón!

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Obama Lied – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – Bob Kisken Editorial – Rachel Maddow Show

Lt. Colonel Victor Fehrenbach Discharged For Being Gay – Rachel Maddow Show

Caspar Star-Tribune – Bob Kisken Editorial Letter

Editor:

Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach has served 18 years in the Air Force. He is the recipient of at least 30 awards and decorations, including nine air medals, one of them for heroism, as well as campaign medals for Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. He is now a flight instructor in Idaho.

The Air Force is about to discharge him because he is gay. What insanity.

Sen. Barry Goldwater had this to say years ago:

“After more than 50 years in the military and politics, I am still amazed to see how upset people can get over nothing. Lifting the ban on gays in the military isn’t exactly nothing, but it’s pretty damned close.

“Everyone know that gays have served honorably in the military since at least the time of Julius Caesar. They’ll be serving long after we’re all dead and buried. That should not surprise anyone.”

Too bad some of the people in Washington don’t have the sense Sen. Goldwater did.

ROBERT KISKEN, Glenrock

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Dismay Over Obama’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Turnabout
By Mark Thompson / Washington – Tuesday, Jun. 09, 2009

Members of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) demonstrate against the Defense Department's
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Members of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) demonstrate against the Defense Department’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in front of a recruitment center in Times Square, New York City – TIME.COM

The Last Pariah: Prayers for Bobby; the Pope; Gays in Iran & Ethiopia; & Our Troops Here & Overseas

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pa⋅ri⋅ah /pəˈraɪə/ [puh-rahy-uh] –noun

  1. an outcast.
  2. any person or animal that is generally despised or avoided.
  3. (initial capital letter) a member of a low caste in southern India and Burma.

Origin:
1605–15; < Tamil paraiyar, pl. of paraiyan lit., drummer (from a hereditary duty of the caste), deriv. of parai a festival drum

We are the last pariah.

All over the world gays and lesbians are facing the cruel reality that they will never be accepted by their societies in their lifetimes.

  • Gay men and lesbians in Islamic countries face torture and death. Two young gay men were hanged in Iran in 2005.

Gays hanged in Iran in 2005.

by GILES FRASER]

The Christmas angel tells us: ”Fear not, for I bring you good news of great joy for all people.” The Pope, on the other hand, has been using this Christmas season to spread entirely the opposite message, a message of fear and exclusion that seems more bad news than good.

For, apparently, gay people threaten the planet in a comparable way to the destruction of the rainforest. I guess the idea is that if we all were gay, then we wouldn’t be making any babies. Yes, it’s a bit like saying that if we all were to become celibate priests we wouldn’t be making any babies either. Except that would mean the Catholic church has itself become a threat to the planet. OK, that’s a cheap shot. – Fraser

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ADDIS ABABA (AFP) — Religious leaders in Ethiopia on Monday urged lawmakers to amend the country’s constitution to ban homosexuality in a move they argue could further strengthen existing codes.At a meeting in the Ethiopian capital, nearly a dozen religious figures, including heads of Ethiopia’s Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant churches, adopted a resolution against homosexuality, which they termed as “the pinnacle of immorality.”

With the Prop 8 and similar measures passing in other parts of America, many suffered from anti-gay violence in 2008 & statistics show rise in reported hate-based crimes.

Tonight, Prayers for Bobby airs on Lifetime and portrays the true story of Bobby Griffith a young gay man who struggles with his homosexuality and his ultra-religious mother – and ultimately commits suicide. But that’s not how the story ends. I was excited to see my old ACT-UP friend Dan Butler (Friends) play a sympathetic priest who directs Bobby’s mother Mary Griffith (played by Sigourney Weaver) to a P-FLAG group in this TV movie.

Young gays & lesbians are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. If you are a young person who is struggling with their sexuality, you are not alone. If you are a parent of a young LGBT child – love them, don’t shun them. If you are having trouble dealing with your child, seek help. Call P-FLAG. Then once you have “picked yourself up and dusted yourself off” call your local Congressperson or Representative to support LGBT causes. In what our President calls “The New Era of Responsibility,” it is up to us to make homophobia a thing of the past.

Now I need to run to find and scan my pictures of my mother and I marching with P-FLAG from 1979 – 2006. My mom has taken a break from marching since many of her old friends in the organization are now gone or too old to march. I’ll be posting these pics and more ACT-UP pics over the next few days.

An End to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

President Obama will end the 15-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that has prevented homosexual and bisexual men and women from serving openly within the U.S. military, a spokesman for the president-elect said.SF Chronicle

Let’s just hope Obama doesn’t screw this up as bad as Clinton.

AP Reports: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy May Be Shifting

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Sgt. Darren Manzella, an openly gay active duty soldier back from Iraq, speaks with reporters about serving under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, Tuesday, Jan. J. Scott Applewhite

Soldier: Policy on Gays May Be Shifting
By SUZANNE GAMBOA (Associated Press Writer)
From Associated Press
January 08, 2008 7:56 PM EST
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Let’s not forget, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was a Clinton screw-up – as was the ban on HIV/AIDS immigration. Should we give Hillary a shot at either ignoring us or making things worse? Can Obama get his head out of the sand on these issues?