I attended the special screening of The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell at the HBO theater in NYC today. Both Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey were there, as well as several other activists and soldiers who appeared in the film, such as Aubrey Sarvis of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, and gay soldiers, Mike Almy and Victor Fehrenbach. I sat next to Joe Jervis of JoeMyGod during the screening and stayed for the question and answer session that followed. I was happy to hear that SLDN plans to keep working with soldiers who were discharged through DADT to help them either re-enlist or be reinstated but I was saddened to hear that SLDN’s calls on President Obama to sign an executive order mandating the inclusion of sexual orientation protections under standing military E.O. policy, continue to go unanswered. Tomorrow marks the end of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, but sadly the work of achieving open and honest service by gay soldiers without the fear of discrimination or harassment has only just begun.
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