Professor Says Air Force Punished Her After Gay DADT Guests
A forer Air Force Academy professor says she was "disciplined and barred from teaching" after she invited three gay academy grads to speak about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to her class:
"Edie Disler said she was given a 'letter of counseling' stating she should have gotten her department head's approval beforehand. Disler said there was no such requirement in place at the time. Disler said her punishment was meant to 'send a strong message to the faculty that this topic will not be discussed by someone in uniform.' Academy spokesman John Van Winkle said the policy to get approval was in place at the time and that she was disciplined for not following that rule. Van Winkle said the academy routinely invites speakers on controversial topics. 'We don't shy away from controversial topics or speakers, but we are going to make sure individuals who are coming in are coming in for the right reason at the right time,' he said. "
"Women accounted for 15 percent of all active-duty and reserve members of the military but more than one-third of the 619 people discharged last year because of their sexual orientation. The disparity was particularly striking in the Air Force, where women represented 20 percent of all personnel but 61 percent of those expelled. That is a significant jump from the previous year and marks the first time women in any branch of the military constituted a majority of those dismissed under 'don't ask, don't tell,' researchers said. Nathaniel Frank, a researcher at the Palm Center, a University of California, Santa Barbara, center specializing in gays and the military, said one partial explanation is that homosexuality is more common among women in the service than among their male comrades. But Frank and some women who served in the military said the gap could also be a result of 'lesbian-baiting' rumors and investigations that arise when women rebuff sexual overtures from male colleagues or do not meet traditional notions of feminine beauty."