Bil Browning

Maddow interviews two active duty gay soldiers

Filed By Bil Browning | October 14, 2010 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, gays in the military, Rachel Maddow

On last night's Rachel Maddow show, Rachel interviewed two active duty gay fighter pilots. The two men were hidden in shadows so the military couldn't see who they were although I noticed right away that their voices weren't masked and wondered if that would pose any problems for them down the road with their command.

Rachel's forceful advocacy for ending the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy has helped to keep the issue front and center for the Obama administration and last night's episode was no exception.

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Video of Rachel's interviews with the two fighter pilots are after the jump.

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I hope they finally repeal this act so that trans folk can be the only ones discharged from the military for being who we are...

Jebus, it's Massachussets with a silent T all over again.

We still exist, despite the monovision of some. I'm looking at you Rachel Maddow.

DADT doesn't apply to trans people, and it was that topic at hand. Not addressing something that isn't appropo doesn't qualify as ignoring the subject.

Renee Thomas | October 15, 2010 7:22 AM

" . . . Not addressing something that isn't apropos doesn't qualify as ignoring the subject"

True enough . . . but also true is this:

When DADT is repealed (either by judicial intervention based upon its unconstitutionality or legislatively as the expressed will of the American people) many of you, my gay brothers and sisters, will raise the banner of "Mission Accomplished" and go your merry way. And transfolk will be the last remaining group of American citizens thought of in established law (and singled out for institutional discrimination) as "not good enough,” this, for no other objective criterion than who they innately are.

Sound familiar?

Some of you will certainly appreciate the cruel irony but many of you will simply glance over your shoulders and offer in passing, "Well then, good luck with that, we hardly knew ye."

Pessimist? Oh I suppose. Realist? Most certainly.

But then you’ll have yours, so what does it really matter?

Perhaps, Renee. But that's quite a lot to put on Rachel's doorstep. She isn't responsible for the lagging progress of the trans community vis a vi the gay community.

As difficult it is to let gays serve openly, I can't in my wildest dreams see how the military will ever accept trans people. If it were to ever come to pass (no pun intended), I imagine they would require people to be completely post-op and totally closeted a la DADT. But I'm not going to hold my breath.

Canada and Britain, hardly leftist paragons, allow trans people to serve openly... they even fund transition.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | October 15, 2010 2:16 AM

Don't enlist.

Don't fight.

Don't translate.

Don't bomb civilians. It's murder.

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Repeal DADT and DOMA.

Enact a tough ENDA or inclusive CRA.