To tell or not to tell

To tell or not to tell - Richard Kline 11.08.06 FAMST 18 To...

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Richard Kline 11.08.06 FAMST 18 To Tell or Not to Tell The LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) community is under attack! It’s a tale as old as before American history even began. The assault on human rights has come into effect in every significant way for homosexuals around the world. Anyone would be hard-pressed to discover that our sweet land of liberty isn’t as liberated as they think. Many LGBT activists who double as college students find that they’ll end up writing at least a few papers that focus on gay rights or a lack there of. Writing papers on these matters comes easily in accordance to actually being gay and having that familiarity to these affairs as a benefit that he or she can bring to the table. To my own surprise I found that certain issues concerning gay rights left my black and white mindset littered with grey areas. Who would have thought that a question of “Should homosexuals be allowed to serve openly in the military?” would be so circumstantial; that any liberal or conservative would be wise to meet somewhere in the middle. YES Nowadays it’s more difficult to live openly as a homosexual in a country where there’s liberty and justice for some (upper-middle class, straight, white, Christian men) than it is to live as almost any other minority group. As far as the armed forces go, it almost hurts to make the claim that you live in a free country when you’re a gay man being rejected by the military for your sexual orientation. It’s especially difficult when taking into consideration that some of the United States’ closest allies such as Great
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Britain, Israel, and Australia allow gay men to serve openly in the military. (HRC) It makes us wonder which country actually promotes liberty and justice for all. The United States has continuously been burning their bridges since 1992 when President William Clinton stated in a speech geared towards homosexuals, “I have a vision of America—and you’re part of it.” (Mohr) This notion moved gays and lesbians who opted for egalitarianism, and made a great impact on how the election would end up that year. Subsequently in 1993 during his first year as president, he enacted the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy. It’s a policy where recruits are not to be asked at any time in their military career about their sexual orientation, however, the downside to the policy is that any instance of homosexual conduct is grounds for discharge. (Hughes) The policy was a
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course AGB 460 taught by Professor Macdougall during the Spring '08 term at Cal Poly.

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