Saturday, July 10, 2010

DADT survey

OK, I've reviewed the 2010 DoD Comprehensive Review Survey regarding DADT - and I just don't see what the hoopla is all about.  I mean, I'm certainly no expert - but it seems to be a legitimate survey to me.  Yet many in the GLBT community are weeping, wailing, and gnashing their teeth claiming that it contains derogatory and insulting wording, assumptions, and insinuations.

The issues addressed in the survey are legitimate concerns; for example, some service members might feel uncomfortable sharing an open bay shower with a gay colleague.  That doesn't make it right - but I think it is legitimate to gauge the extent that these concerns exist in the rank and file military.

It's sort of like a company asking its employees how they feel about working with blacks or asians.  Discrimination is discrimination - it's not up for grabs based on popular opinion.  But, knowing that such concerns exist could help with education and training.

I'm more disappointed in congress for essentially washing their hands of DADT repeal - leaving it up to the white house and military.  And, I'm disappointed in our president who shouldn't be asking IF DADT should be repealed - when he should be asking how soon can it be repealed.