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As of 12:01 am, the repeal of the discriminatory law known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ finally & formally takes effect. #DADT
The Rev. Sarah Lammert, Director of Ministries and Faith Development, captured the meaning of today so perfectly with these words:
Silence, chosen, deepens prayer, opens the window of the soul.
Silence, imposed, denies the truth of life.
This is a day for celebration for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people and all who value the American principle of Equality. Likewise, today is bitter-sweet for transgender and transsexual people (the T in LGBT) and all who value the American principle of Equality because even with DADT repeal, trans people are still barred from serving openly in the US military. Borrowing Rev. Lammert’s words, trans people must continue to deny the truth of their lives.
I will never forget the sting of watching an ecstatic nation celebrating the election of President Obama (who I voted for too), apparently unaware that at the same time California stripped LGB citizens of the fundamental freedom to marry. I can only imagine that for trans people, today feels something akin to how that day felt for me.
Please join me and thousands more for A Moment of Silence for Trans Service Members today at the time and place of your choosing. Let’s celebrate how far we’ve come without forgetting that we still have farther to go to end LGBT discrimination in the military. Let’s stand in solidarity with the trans community and let them know that we know the fight isn’t over until all discrimination is ended in the US military.