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It is now official; in less then seven months from today, the United States could grant gay and lesbian Americans the right to marry in all fifty states. Or just some. None at all. Or punt the issue entirely. Wait, what?
By Eddy Sweeney
In a historic moment for the United States, President Barack Obama has been reelected as the 44th President, the first African American to win reelection in our nation’s history. OutServe-SLDN newly installed Executive Director, Allyson Robinson, praised tonight’s decision: “It’s clear from tonight’s results that Americans have no desire to turn the clock back on our drive to full equality.”
Races and Ballot initiatives to Watch
By Eddy Sweeney
Is it just me or does it seem like the 2012 campaign has been going on since the founding of our esteemed Republic? As a self-professed political junkie, who spends any spare moment frantically checking Twitter, the Political Wire, or Real Clear Politics for new polling updates, even I’m exhausted. But alas, in less than 24 hours, the results of this year’s historic election will finally be revealed.
By Eddy Sweeney, Chief Columnist
Sept. 20, 2011, may have been the day that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) officially ended in the United States, but the moment of truth for me came a few months later, during Christmas. It was our group’s holiday party, and I was bringing my boyfriend to the festivities. Throughout my time serving under DADT,
“’I don’t want to be treated any differently then my straight peers; I just want to live my life,’ was a sentiment expressed often from active-duty troops when I asked why they chose to remain closeted after DADT repeal … Though I deeply respect them wanting privacy, I have come to believe that such silence can no longer be tolerated in 2012.”
Despite his lavish upbringing, Ambassador Hormel remembers always having felt “different from other little boys.” When pressed by what he meant, the Ambassador said: “[My sexuality] was awkward and uncomfortable and isolating. I wanted to be like everyone else.”
As we transition to a post-repeal environment where Gays and Lesbians can openly serve side-by-side with their colleagues, it seems important to us here at the Magazine to describe where we see the future of both OutServe Magazine and our sister organizations moving forward. At our first OutServe Armed Forces Leadership Summit in Las Vegas this past October, many readers asked: “How does the Magazine plan to stay relevant now that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) is gone?” It is an important question and something I’d like to address.
I could feel the sweat starting to pour down the nape of my back. The room, which a moment earlier was fairly cool, became almost stiflingly hot. SSgt H bored into me with her eyes…