He squeezed my hand tightly and wouldn’t let go until morning.
Gay people were only acceptable, in effect, to the degree to which they could successfully masquerade as nongay.
"I remember being in the Castro," says John Forrett (army reserve, 1987–99), "and watching the TV at a bar with some friends, watching Al Gore and Bill Clinton swearing that if they became the tag team for America they were going to get rid of the harassment of gays and lesbians serving in the military." But when the tag team prevailed, they underestimated the resistance to such a reform from a coalition of social conservatives, religious groups, and a large part of the military itself.
The consequence, the following year, was a messy kind of compromise that became colloquially known as "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell." Gay people were allowed in the military but only as long as they didn’t reveal their sexuality; to facilitate this, all members of the military were also prohibited from inquiring about anyone’s possible orientation.
In his 2003 memo on the legality of the Iraq war, Lord Goldsmith appeared to concede the key point of those now seeking his prosecution.
He wrote: 'Aggression is a crime under customary international law which automatically forms part of domestic law.'In papers submitted to the court, Mr Wright said it was for Parliament to decide what counts as a criminal offence in the UK, not the courts.
As "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" comes to an end, we sent Chris Heath to interview dozens of gay servicemen from the past and present to find out what life was really like as America's military struggled with its last great identity crisis On a day to come very soon—September 20, 2011—a serviceman’s sexuality will no longer be grounds for dismissal from the U. How we got here: In 1992, many people thought that the discrimination was nearly over.
These are the voices explaining what it has been like to be a gay man1 in the American military over the previous seventy or so years, from World War II veterans in their late eighties to young servicemen on active duty.
Most of these fake profiles have several things that should stick out: 1. If they ask for items(care packages) they ask for you to send them to overseas addresses that are not affiliated with the Military, Nigeria etc.
They will have very few friends on the profile, of which most will be women or other fake profiles. Most of the posts will be short sentences, with broken English and misspelled words. They will not have many photos, and the uniform name tapes may not match the profile name. Military members almost always have other friends on their profile that are also Military, these fakes will not have any. The forms they are sending to these people are very convincing, especially if you are not familiar with the military and the way leave works.
Still, the whispered message from Clinton and Gore seemed to be that this was only a temporary stopgap while the nervous military took a large deep breath: It took seventeen years.
Seventeen years in which gay servicemen have existed in a paradoxical kind of netherworld.
The private case is being brought by General Abdul-Wahid Shannan ar-Ribat, former chief of staff of the Iraqi army.