by Lt. Dan Choi
I ask myself everyday why we must keep fighting. My straight friends say that gays should celebrate... since we got everything so quickly. You know, since we're "fully equal." This is the myth of 2012. Some gay folks in 2012 have accepted this myth.
As I write this, I am traveling to Fort Bragg, North Carolina to honor SSG Donna R. Johnson, killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. She served us, protected us, lived the military's values. Now in her death, will we stand with her? With her wife? SSG Tracy Dice survives Donna but gets no help during the grieving, gets no recognition, even in the military newspapers. Now a church group pickets her funeral. How many others still suffer silently, needlessly? Our work is not done. No way.
Military Sexual Assault, Rape, Hate Crimes and Discrimination have not disappeared just because the Pentagon held a Pride Party and politicos smiled for cameras at Don't Ask Don't Tell's repeal. We recently heard of two gay soldiers, Kevin and Kole who were raped and infected with HIV, given no support by the military even after getting kicked to the curb. They are joining a group suing to make our military fair, but our gay groups, where are they? Has the election imposed a new "Don't Ask Don't Tell" on our "LGBT Civil Rights" organizations?
In the civilian world, we still suffer unjust firings for our honesty. We must end this "Civilian Don't Ask Don't Tell" by passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA. America agrees: we cannot build any team while tossing out talent, forcing fear in the hearts of hard workers. [MORE]