After winning key right, gays press for more from military
Its director, a closeted Air Force officer, told The Washington Times that he wants the military to target gays for recruitment as it does blacks, Hispanics and women, and have military representatives attend gay pride events.
The Pentagon has said it does not plan to track the number of gays in the ranks, as it does other minorities.
Outserve said it has won permission from the Air Force and Army to distribute Outserve magazine at base exchanges. It plans a special edition on Sept. 20, the day the ban officially ends, with 100 pictures and biographies of Outserve members.
“This marks an incredible time in the history of our military,” said “J.D. Smith,” an alias for the group’s director. “Gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members once had to conceal their true identities. By featuring their pictures and their stories, we are signaling that time has passed. It is time for these military members to be honored for their extraordinary commitment and sacrifice in defense of our country.”
Mr. Obama signed a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” legislation in December. Since then, the Pentagon has been indoctrinating troops on how the repeal will work, and Mr. Panetta has certified that open gays will not harm military readiness.
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