Tomorrow afternoon, Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) will re-introduce The Military Readiness Enhancement Act, his bill to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and allow gays to serve openly. Today, Freedom to Serve highlighted the story of Serena, an African-American lesbian currently serving in the military. An excerpt from Serena:
Sometimes the constant looking around, whispering, speaking in code, and backpedaling to correct a slip of the tongue wears out my psyche. But it’s what I have to do to continue a career that I love very much and maintain a relationship with the girlfriend who I love very much. I appreciate her unyielding support, her understanding, and her acceptance of having to constantly use discretion when we interact with each other. One day it won’t be that way anymore and we can live our lives freely and openly.
More than 11,000 servicemembers have been dismissed under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.