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Army Discharged 11 in January for Being Gay

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The Army discharged 11 soldiers in January alone under its failed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy:

 "Democratic Rep. Jim Moran said he has requested monthly updates from the Pentagon on the impact of the policy until it is repealed. In a statement released on Thursday, Moran said the discharged soldiers included an intelligence collector, a military police officer, four infantry personnel, a health care specialist, a motor-transport operator and a water-treatment specialist. 'How many more good soldiers are we willing to lose due to a bad policy that makes us less safe and secure?' asked Moran, a member of the House panel that oversees military spending."

FreedomtoserveAnd I apologize that this rally slipped by me earlier this week, but tomorrow, on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol at noon, Servicemember's Legal Defense Network is holding a Freedom to Serve rally as part of its Lobby Day.

SLDN writes: "People from all backgrounds - gay, straight, young, old, black, white, Latino, Asian - will come together to raise their voices for equality and call upon Congress and President Obama to take action. Our message will ring loud and clear: The time for repeal is now."

Listen to former Army Sergeant Darren Manzella's message about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the rally tomorrow, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Oh, well hello there, former Army Sergeant Darren Manzella. Aren't you just cute as hell?

    Posted by: JeffRob | Mar 12, 2009 4:22:48 PM


  2. @ Jeffrob, my thoughts exactly...

    Posted by: CJ | Mar 12, 2009 4:34:07 PM


  3. I think Rev. Wright is a dick, but I can help but agree with him when I hear this bullshit disgrace.

    God Damn America? Yes. And a hearty fuck you to you also, USA. When is this fucking going to grow up and get its shit together?

    Posted by: Marco | Mar 12, 2009 4:55:09 PM


  4. That guy is sooo hot.... *sigh...

    Was there a message in here somewhere?

    Posted by: Denis | Mar 12, 2009 5:04:37 PM


  5. oh you bitches, don't you dare lay a finger on him cuz he's ma man... Sir Yes Sir!

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Mar 12, 2009 5:05:30 PM


  6. He can discharge all over me anytime.

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 12, 2009 5:18:36 PM


  7. Hey Obama, step up, it's our America and he is putting his ass on the line.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Mar 12, 2009 5:33:30 PM


  8. I touch on Manzella briefly in my YouTube video about Equality. If you are interested, click on my signature below.

    Posted by: CB | Mar 12, 2009 6:01:56 PM


  9. @Nick you slut! =D

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Mar 12, 2009 6:28:50 PM


  10. If you're a hairless latin boy under 18 you might have a chance at Manzella, otherwise you won't be a blip on his radar.

    Posted by: Brix | Mar 12, 2009 6:57:51 PM


  11. WAIT, time for those big brave soldiers to come out of the closet. I do not, I will not, pull some one out of the closet.

    If soldiers want to serve OPENLY they should come out, get discharged and IF, IF, IF there are really SO many Gay and Lesbian service people serving, THEN we will see the impact. Until then I can't be expected to force them out of the closet.

    Time to REALLY TRULY be brave and Come out!

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Mar 12, 2009 7:47:05 PM


  12. @Brix Why did you say that? Do you know him???

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Mar 12, 2009 9:40:30 PM


  13. Met him and you can find photos of his (then?) BOYfriend in search engine. There was a photo here on Towleroad. http://www.towleroad.com/2007/12/duncan-hunter-d.html

    Posted by: Brix | Mar 12, 2009 10:25:39 PM


  14. Oh, so he's the dominant type? I can dig it...

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 12, 2009 10:40:34 PM


  15. Butch/femme relationships. Who knew?

    Posted by: Jason | Mar 12, 2009 10:43:31 PM


  16. @ JeffRob,

    I saluting him as we speak.

    Posted by: Wheezy | Mar 12, 2009 10:45:15 PM


  17. What is the military's attitude to bisexual men? Also, why does the military allow the sale of magazines like Playboy, which feature female homosexual pictorial spreads? If the military is serious about its opposition to homosexuality, why isn't it banning magazines which feature the female-female scenes? One can only surmise that that military has a set of sleazy double standards which are designed to prop up patriarchy.

    Posted by: mike | Mar 13, 2009 2:06:33 AM


  18. Hmmm... that's awesome of Jim. I didn't even know he had spoken on the issue (my partner used to work for his brother as a legaslative assistant). Usually Jim isn't one that I would follow (in the news), but kudos to him for saying that. Hopefully if his brother Brian wins governor, he'll be able to influence the Navy to be more open (VA is home to the largest Naval installation), but I doubt Brian would champion the cause. Anyway, McAuliffe seems better posed to win governor as of now.

    Posted by: RP | Mar 13, 2009 7:53:13 AM


  19. It's really ironic to me, reading this. I have a friend, who is a military recruiter, and he and his partner relocated, and his partner is a hair stylist. Funny how the Military is willing to look the other way, when they're trying to cull in unsuspecting dupes. Before I get slandered for that comment--I respect everyone who has gone to Iraq and Afghanistan--I'm just saying that apparenly, the Military is willing to look the other way in some cases, more than others...

    Posted by: troschne | Mar 13, 2009 8:10:01 AM


  20. Even if DODT is repealled, I would never join this country's military and fight for it until I first become a full citizen of it with full civil rights. Right now, even though I was born and raised here, I don't have a country.

    Posted by: wren | Mar 13, 2009 10:09:59 AM


  21. I've got something he could protect and serve...

    Posted by: amknyc | Mar 13, 2009 10:12:00 AM


  22. Even tho I'm too old to join the military..49yrs old, I Totally agree with WREN...I'd NEVER Join the military for America, when WE aren't Treated as Equal citizens...fuck that shit!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Mar 13, 2009 10:27:09 AM


  23. I know I will get bashed for this, but the military is just another job so blasting them over the 'don't ask, don't tell' is BS. I am supposed to keep my sexuality to myself at my job as a retail store manager. But on the flip, I can't be fired just for being gay, straight etc. this crap about 'it makes men uncomfortable being with openly gay men in close quarters' is just that. crap. people should have respect. if I was a gay man in the military and I knew that I was serving with non gay men then I should have the respect not to flaunt it around like I'm right and they are wrong and lets get it on. that's just crude. but I would also expect them to respect that maybe even some of the straight men don't want a bunch of girlie porn all over the place. some straight men are married and uncomfortable about tits and ass plastered everywhere. and if I act in a way that is sexually harassing to another man (hitting on him when he's not interested etc) then I should be subject to the same rules in the military that I would get at home in retail or wherever.
    but if I am a gay man that acts like a man and not a gay, doesn't spread my gay porn everywhere, doesn't harass my fellow soldiers and just does my job, the fact that I happen to be should not be enough to get me fired and if that is what is happening then the military needs to be sued and sueable like any other company

    Posted by: Lucas | Mar 13, 2009 11:52:03 AM


  24. All the sexual comments here are the perfect example of why the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy is in place.

    Posted by: Brett | May 25, 2009 4:06:42 AM


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