The White House + Pentagon Will Start Listening to Gay Military Members. Who Already Left Active Duty Service

Some 125 gay military personnel — who have already retired from the military — will meet May 10, as part of Veterans Lobby Day, with White House officials to discuss Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, relays Servicemembers United, though it’s unclear which administration members will attend the meeting. At the same time, some 40 gay veterans will meet with military officials at the Pentagon. Press is not invited. So that’s good news, right? That the people in charge are at least willing to hear from gay servicemen and women while they work on this investigation thingy? Of course it points out the glaring omission of active duty gays from this conversation, who cannot speak about their experience or, you know, they will face discharge via the very policy under investigation. And without the press being included in these meetings, active duty gay servicemembers won’t have a clue what, if any, progress was made. (Though you can rely on Twitter for that.)

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  • Lanjier

    More of Rahm and Messina’s bigotry appeasement policy. We are not appeased. We are not going to the polls in November. They want to play hardball? Let’s play.

  • AndrewW

    Like John Aravosis said:

    These Lobby Days are “political masturbation.” They don’t change anything.

  • Cam

    And what exactly is said at these meetings. Just how exactly do the administration officials pretend that they are seriously asking questions about whether or not a discriminatory bigoted policy works…etc…

    Gee, how is it being discriminated against under this very necessary policy…oh wait, before you answer, can you hang on, that was my secretary and my lunch is late, we’re going to have to cancel this meeting while I send out a limo to pick us up some sandwhiches. Ugh, shit better be done of they can cry for donations or votes from me and it won’t do any good.

  • Jon

    Well it’s a good step that the Pentagon is gunna do something with the gay in their study

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