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NEW QUEER ON THE BLOCK: Revisiting DADT, or Kiss and Tell

As a gay citizen who is a dependent of a service-man, I feel it is within my court that I hold wisdom on the topic of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” or what I like to call “Kiss and Tell”. Half my family are military men and they are all supportive of my sexuality because it is filed under the label and theme of one of the biggest life philosophies that my family preaches, ”Be proud of who you are, where you come from and where you are headed”.

This comes from a family of Mormon heritage and as a result of liberal fancies we have on our hands a group of “Jack-Mormons” who cherish different lifestyles, flavors and path-lines that each member in my family possess. We remember when President Obama signed the bill to terminate the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law and it marked another joyous moment in our LGBT history. Upon reading some related news, I discovered that two law schools are accepting a ROTC Program and allowing recruiting officers on campus. These two schools are the Vermont Law School and William Mitchell School of Law and these bans were put into effect at these schools when the ban on gays in the military was enacted into law. Now that the ban has been lifted, students will have an opportunity to gain direct insight into the military, gay or straight.

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“Other colleges, including many of the Ivy League institutions, are also examining whether to permit military recruiting and ROTC programs on campus now that repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” has been certified by President Barack Obama, Defense secretary Leon Panetta, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen.”

Ivy League Institutions? That means a great deal for this queer who comes from a lifeline of military scholars, soldiers and philosophers. Since the DADT ban has been lifted from society, a number of people have asked me over and over again if I would be joining the service anytime soon in order to follow a line of military leaders and military followers. Don’t hold your breath because I am intended to do exactly what I’ve been doing: making art for the public opinion to crucify the unthinkable.

This has been a public service announcement! Next up: Commentary on Gay Marriage.

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