For most people I know, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell seems like an injustice, but a pretty abstract one. Kay Steiger does an interview with Sara Isaacson whose story is a reminder that there are very real, concrete problems this policy poses for ordinary people in their lives:
Sara Isaacson was an ROTC student at University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill until she came out to her commander as a lesbian. Now 21-year-old Isaacson, who is originally from Wisconsin, owes nearly $80,000 to the U.S. Army for repayment of a scholarship for seven semesters as an out-of-state student. Isaacson spoke with Campus Progress about her decision to come out to her commander, her options for repaying the debt, and whether what she did is a form of activism against the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Isaacson’s story shows that for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people serving in the military today, the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy comes at a real cost.
The whole interview is interesting and worth reading.