Although Clinton introduced “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as a liberalization of existing policy, saying it was a way for gays to serve in the military when they had previously been excluded from doing so, many activists criticized the policy for forcing military personnel into secrecy and because it had fallen far short of a policy of complete acceptance.
For a variety of reasons, the policy did little to change the behaviour of commanders; gay and lesbian soldiers continued to be discharged from service.
1, to determine whether transgender service members would affect the military’s “readiness and lethality.” Is Trump undermining yet another of his Cabinet members?
Curiously, Mattis is apparently on vacation, according to numerous news reports.
Although the move was popular among many Americans, notably gay activists who had supported Clinton’s campaign, and Clinton had promised action during the election campaign, few political analysts thought he would move on such a potentially explosive issue so quickly.
A few days later, I got an official-sounding email from the United Nations that I have to send a copy of my passport and two passport photographs to them. Two days later, I got another email from them that I have to make payment for his retirement -- ,000.
Perhaps he’s forgotten that the “T” stands for “transgender.” Make no mistake, the president’s anti-transgender offensive is an attack on the entire LGBT community and on our core American belief in equality of opportunity.
The commander in chief’s early-morning tweets on Wednesday calling for reinstatement of the ban laid out a bogus argument, leaving out the most important point: This is a political move intended to appease Trump’s base and to push Democrats “to take complete ownership of this issue,” according to an unidentified Trump administration official quoted by Jonathan Swan, a national political reporter for Axios. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.
After heated debate, Clinton managed to gain support for a compromise measure under which homosexual servicemen and servicewomen could remain in the military if they did not openly declare their , a policy that quickly became known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Yet military officers were overwhelmingly opposed to that approach, fearing that the mere presence of homosexuals in the armed forces would undermine morale.
The policy was further subverted by Under the terms of the law, homosexuals serving in the military were not allowed to talk about their sexual orientation or engage in sexual activity, and commanding officers were not allowed to question service members about their sexual orientation.