Sunday, September 06, 2009

What is it about women... the military that so threatens men in the military? Found over at the SLDN Blog

Women Disproportionately Fired under DADT

As the nation celebrated Women's Equality Day last week, I couldn't help but think of the women proudly serving today. I was also reminded of a devastating truth: DADT continues to disproportionately affect women in the military. While they only represent roughly 15 percent of the armed forces, women account for nearly half of all DADT discharges in the Air Force and Army.

Countless women have experienced this discrimination first hand. Take Cathleen Glover, who served as an Arabic linguist until 2003 when she was honorably discharged after coming out. Former National Guard specialist Amy Brian, who served in Iraq and was out to all of her comrades, was discharged earlier this year after it was reported she kissed her partner in a Wal-Mart checkout line.

As women expand their roles in the military, it is important that they be judged by their performance on the job.

09-04-09 By Liz Feuerbach, Communications Intern


Anonymous said...

DO NOT TAKE THE AMY BRIAN STORY FOR WHAT IT IS PORTRAYED AS. You're only getting HER side of the story. If you got the story from soldiers who served with her, got a perspective and opinion from her leadership it would plan out as something completely different. DADT was a vessel to get rid of a bad soldier.

That is all I will say on that.

HopeSpringsATurtle said...

There are always two sides to any story. I don't know Amy Brian but if she was a bad soldier, she needed to be dealt with because of her inability to do her job well, not her sexuality. Gays in the military are no different than straights, we all have assholes.

That's all I'm gonna say about that.

Lisa said...

DADT is unfair to everyone.

There are correct channels to deal with unfit performance. Regardless of sexual orientation, sexual harassment can be an issue, so DADT simply doesn't hold water as a reason to prohibit a fit individual from serving his or her country with dignity.

DADT is a non-reason for dismissing a soldier.

HopeSpringsATurtle said...

Yeah, what Lisa said...