All signs point to the eventual demise of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, opening up the possibility for gay and lesbian servicemembers to serve openly.
Remember the US Military is likely the largest single employer of LGBT people in America. If the ban does come down, who is really prepared to handle the likely deluge of discrimination allegations? With such a hyper macho institution and decades of homophobia and the stress of constant deployments and lack of support for military operations at home, stress in the armed forces is incredibly high.
Once the ban falls, and it will fall, who will take the calls, letters, emails and other reports of discrimination, sexual harassment, intimidation, vandalism and violence? The military? The EEOC? State LGBT groups? National groups?
The point is that our movement has been so focused on HIV/AIDS, policy change and support for youth, that we don't have the proper infrastructure for client advocacy. Sure SLDN has done amazing work and the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs exists, but military abuse problems need unique solutions if DADT falls.
Our movement must start thinking now about how to best serve people and plug them into existing resources that are culturally competent and understand that many LGBT services members are not partnered or "out" to their families. It is unsafe to be LGBT in the military and likely less safe than any other workplace (other than law enforcement).
If anyone has a suggested plan for this, please weigh in.