Our faith in the workings of the universe/the concept of justice is partially restored with the news that crazed homophobic stalker Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvell has taken a leave of absence and will face disciplinary hearings, and also that Jene Newsome, black lesbian DADT victim, is suing the Rapid City police who outed her.
When Judge Phillips ruled Don’t Ask Don’t Tell unconstitutional, she issued an injunction so that no more soldiers could be discharged until the case was resolved. It would have been relatively simple for Obama and the Department of Justice to let the injunction stand and let the issue rest. HEY, GUESS WHAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ISN’T DOING.
Bill Clinton did not think DADT was gonna be like this, Rachel Maddow explains why DADT opponents are full of sh*t, and John McCain is either totally ignorant or lying. Either way, don’t ask anybody or tell anybody anything.
When you have a lot of feelings about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the best way to express those feelings is through art. You should express your art on John McCain’s face, ideally.
It’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell vote day! Finally! Come watch with us, and then we can laugh, cry, yell, drink, or all of the above together after the Senate votes.
Lady Gaga had a DADT rally today. She did research and wrote a speech and on a scale of one to bajillion, it was pretty f*cking awesome. I feel like she’s going to be remembered for this. Imagine all the people living life in peace, y’all. [Now with a photo gallery of the speech/rally]
This excerpt announces new efforts from strange people to repeal Prop 8 for everyone except like 4 people, make homosexuality illegal in Montana, and vote in favor of DADT.
Lady Gaga has inspired lots of little monsters to make their own videos. Are there any senators with room on their voice mailbox? Precisely how cute does Lady Gaga look in glasses? The answers are inside.
Lady Gaga has a message for the U.S. Senate about the unconstitutionality of DADT and its enforcement, even though they won’t pick up her telephone call. I can only hope John McCain cares as much about what Gaga has to say as we do! When people ask why we love her so much, we want to point to things like this and say “because of things like this.”
Things continue to move forward remarkably rapidly in terms of a repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell! Senator Harry Reid announces that the bill dealing with a possible repeal will be brought to the Senate floor this week.
In which things continue to happen w/r/t Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, including Lady Gaga, and we wonder to what extent they will maybe bring us incrementally closer to an actual repeal someday.
Today a US District Court judge ruled that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell violates the First and Fifth amendments, and issued an injunction to stop the military from further discharges. We also had no idea this was even happening today.
Happy Labor Day, we got you these infuriating screencaps of the Department of Defense’s “online inbox” to survey soldiers on a “possible repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” It’s a good thing you have the day off because all we feel able to do is “lie in bed and mourn the soul of America.”
The Pentagon has agreed to meet with a group of partners of gay servicemembers and discuss the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal in addition to listening to the opinions of straight soldiers’ partners. One small step for mankind, amirite? (amirite?) Furthermore, Ken Mehlman being gay is NBD ’cause apparently the GOP doesn’t care about same-sex marriage anymore anyhow? Also the (conservative) guys raising money for our rights have historically raised money for anti-gay candidates. Oh yeah and Roger Ebert loves gay people.
How has the coming out of former Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman rocked your world? Or, uh, has it not? Also, a meta-discussion of Judge Walker’s sexual orientation, terrible/TERRIBLE videos on DADT, a new book on conservative vs. liberal families, and a titillatingly bizarre gay espionage murder.
Rachel Maddow is getting tired of waiting for this Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal, and she wants President Obama to know it. Also, Target’s still not back in gays’ good graces, the future of Prop 8 and musings on the reasons why the h8ers hated the trial so much, as well as an alert on the latest crazed commie pinko homosexual Obama appointee who will bring the end times upon us.
Katherine Miller sent a letter to her commanding officers, announcing her withdrawal from West Point because of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. She’ll be attending Yale with an LGBT scholarship in the fall.
The mainstream media is catching on to the fact that PFC Bradley Manning of Wikileaks fame is gay. The New York Times wonders whether Manning’s childhood and teen years as a gay man were part of what led him to release thousands of pages of classified military documents – we wonder whether it might not be a little more complicated than that. What does it mean to betray a country that treats you as a second class citizen?
Over the weekend, Dan Choi (recently discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell) approached Senator Harry Reid with a letter reminding him of his obligations to gay and lesbian American soldiers and delivering him his West Point ring to drive home the point. We have video coverage of their encounter and GetEqual’s protest, as well as the full text of Choi’s letter.
Lt. Dan Choi got the news today that he has been officially honorably discharged from the US military under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Next stop? “I haven’t done a lot to hold my parents’ hands through all of this. My inclination right now is to go home.”