September 20, 2012 @ 12:35 am
Ep. 127 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: One Year After the End” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Daisy Demapan) airs 9/14/12.
September 20 marks the first anniversary of the end of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy which was the official U.S. policy on ‘homosexuals’ serving in the military since December 21, 1993. This policy prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexuals or bisexual service members or applicants, while barring openly gay, lesbian or bisexual persons from military service. This episode examines the impact of the DADT policy and its repeal on Department of Defense direct and indirect employees and the greater society.
Program guest is Ms. Lisa Kove (email@example.com) executive director of DODFEDGLOBE, a LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) non-profit organization that advocates for and educates about LGBT employees, past and present, service members, civil servants, and aligned corporations to the US Department of Defense. She is a Navy veteran who has worked openly gay since 1997 inside the Department of Defense, and has over 30 years experience as a service member, consultant, and civil servant. She talks about her enlistment, her forced ‘coming out’, the impacts of DADT, the political context and role of DODFEDGLOBE in the repeal, and the important work that remains to address heterosexism and homophobia. This interview with Ms. Kove in Washington DC was conducted via Skype on September 7.
Many GLBT activists and straight allies argue that the DADT and DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) are unconstitutional. The program concludes with brief comment from William Pesch (family firstname.lastname@example.org), a resident of Guam for 36 years and an openly gay attorney, father of two sons and advocate for the same sex union bill that that failed to make it to the floor of the Guam Legislature last year. He talks about what it was like before the DADT policy ---as the son of an officer who eventually became the director of the National Guard, about the role that DOD has played as an agent for social change and equality, and the broader impact of DADT on American society and Guam.
Music selection is “Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Down” by Rachel Tucker. This episode also includes a short segment from a September 20, 2011 broadcast of the public radio program Democracy Now with clips of interviews with individuals affected by the DADT policy.
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