Gays and Lesbians in the Military

  • Any political issue deals with people, and the gays in the military controversy is no different. Joe Steffan was kicked out of Annapolis one week before graduation after revealing he was gay. Alan Schindler was a gay man in the Navy. He was brutally murdered when some of his shipmates found out he was gay.
  • The text of the interim compromise between Congress and the White House as amended to the Family Medical Leave Act
  • Many people have made analogies between the gay rights movement and other civil rights movements. In the May 17, 1992 New Yorker Magazine, Henry Louis Gates, Jr examines the comparison of gay civil rights verses black civil rights.
  • Another analogy concerning desegregating the military and lifting the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the armed forces is examined by Gary J. Bass in his February 1993 New Republic article Their Words.
  • Lucian K Tuscott also addressed the analogy between Truman and Clinton in his February 1, 1993 opinion piece in the New York Times.
  • Being Jewish, I understand the linkage between anti-Semitism and homophobia. Many Jewish groups do not. Michael Lax posted his letters to the Jewish War Veterans regarding their position on the military ban.
  • A UPI article from January 29 about Sam Nunn, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and his opposition to lifting the ban.
  • A February 4, 1993 article in the Baltimore Sun examines how fear forms the basis of response from the military over lifting the ban.
  • A February 23, 1993 article in the Baltimore Sun examines the beginnings of don't ask, don't tell in an article on Top Military Officers Favor Gays Staying in Closet.
  • Barry Goldwater weighs in opposing the ban and opposing don't ask, don't tell.
  • Anna Quindlen describes how don't ask, don't tell is a different kind of closet.
  • A June 16 article from the New York Times concerning the shaping of the compromise.
  • A copy of the Commandant of the Marine Corp's orders concerning don't ask, don't tell.
  • Able v US First court decision challenging Don't Ask, Don't Tell
  • Service Members Legal Defense Network
  • Lesbian Disabled Veterans of AmericaHomepage and mailing address



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