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Watch New Video Highlighting Discrimination Against Gay Soldiers: VIDEO

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In honor of Veteran's Day, Freedom to Marry and OutServe-SLDN today released a video called "Second Skin," a visual representation of how gay and lesbian soldiers, though allowed to be out, continue to be discriminated against under the Defense of Marriage Act.

[On Veteran's Day], we remember all who have served our nation so honorably; but we reserve a special remembrance for all those who have provided the same service, taken the same risks, and made the same sacrifices to keep us safe, yet are treated as second-class citizens by the country they are sworn to protect," said veteran and OutServe-SLDN executive director Allyson Robinson in a press release. "The video we are releasing today depicts that stark reality painfully well."

Evan Wolfson from Freedom To Marry said the video "viscerally captures the cruelty of treating gay soldiers and their families as second-class citizens under DOMA -- the psychological pain of inequality, on top of physical scars born of service to our country." Because DOMA prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian soldiers continue to lag behind their straight colleagues in terms of benefits, including health care for their spouses.

With like-minded activists behind them, Freedom to Marry and OutServe-SLDN hope to finally end this institutionalized discrimination, and Wolfson remains optimistic that shifting popular opinion will only bolster future legislative and judicial wins on this front.

"Following an election in which voters embraced the freedom to marry like never before, members of Congress and justices of the Supreme Court can have confidence that when they do the right thing, it will not only stand the test of time, but be true to where the American people already are," he said.

Watch "Second Skin" AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. @ Rich: I too thought of gay-bashing, but if either one's the perpetrator I'd have expected a very different presentation.

    @ Ben & Jason: They were shirtless to show their bodies, a fairly relevant point in the presentation. Just because us gays (and a lot of str8 women) can't help enjoying looking at them doesn't vitiate that.

    @ Billy: OnnyJay's anti-anti-Jew quote from the Merchant of Venice answered you, but let me make it explicit. What everyone knows when and if they think about it isn't necessarily in their minds when they don't think, and therefore doesn't influence their positions. Having a visual of a gay soldier bleedng for you has a certain power.

    @ my fellow sillyvillians, re: J. J. in the Navy: As the urbandictionary tells me, "Thanks to the military's love for abbreviations and acronyms, unsat is short\[t] for 'unsatisfactory'."

    Finally, @ Michael: THANK you!

    Posted by: George A. Trosper, aka GeorgeTSLC | Nov 13, 2012 4:50:57 PM


  2. Sorry, that should have been
    short[t]
    supplying the typo on the website quoted.

    Posted by: George A. Trosper, aka GeorgeTSLC | Nov 13, 2012 4:52:15 PM


  3. @ Rich: I too thought of gay-bashing, but if either one's the perpetrator I'd have expected a very different presentation.

    @ Ben, Jason, & Diogenes Arktos: They were shirtless to show their bodies, a fairly relevant point in the presentation. Just because us gays (and a lot of str8 women) can't help enjoying looking at them doesn't vitiate that.

    And to Diogenes: We are not a separate species from str8 people. Gay men are not non-men. I suspect "aping str8s" is rarely or never a useful concept.

    @ Billy: OnnyJay's anti-anti-Jew quote from the Merchant of Venice answered you, but let me make it explicit. What everyone knows when and if they think about it isn't necessarily in their minds when they don't think, and therefore doesn't influence their positions. Having a visual of a gay soldier bleedng for you has a certain power.

    @ my fellow sillyvillians, re: J. J. in the Navy: As the urbandictionary tells me, "Thanks to the military's love for abbreviations and acronyms, unsat is shor[t] for 'unsatisfactory'."

    Finally, @ Michael: THANK you!

    Posted by: George A. Trosper, aka GeorgeTSLC | Nov 13, 2012 4:56:53 PM


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