Today is the official repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In honor of this overdue but much celebrated piece of legislation, I have a very special Good Men Project piece.
Until I met John, I didn’t personally know anyone who’d been impacted by DADT. The story of his relationship with an active, closeted soldier deployed in Afghanistan put a face to the impact of this discriminatory policy in a way that no New York Times op-ed could. He kindly, bravely, generously agreed to share his experiences with me and the Good Men Project to illustrate the human cost of DADT to soldiers abroad and their families at home.
Even though the repeal goes into effect today, the bigotry, homophobia and harrasment LGBTQ service men and women face isn’t necessarily going anywhere. This is the story of John and Ben and a relationship under the shadow of DADT:
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