Bush’s anti lesbian military bigotry

Anti gay bigotry in the US armed forces, cartoon

From the New York Times in the USA:

June 23, 2008

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Hits Women Much More


WASHINGTON — The Army and Air Force discharged a disproportionate number of women in 2007 under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prohibits openly gay people from serving in the military, according to Pentagon statistics gathered by an advocacy group.

While women make up 14 percent of Army personnel, 46 percent of those discharged under the policy last year were women. And while 20 percent of Air Force personnel are women, 49 percent of its discharges under the policy last year were women.

By comparison for 2006, about 35 percent of the Army’s discharges and 36 percent of the Air Force’s were women, according to the statistics.

The information was gathered under a Freedom of Information Act request by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a policy advocacy organization.

“Women make up 15 percent of the armed forces, so to find they represent nearly 50 percent of Army and Air Force discharges under ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is shocking,” said Aubrey Sarvis, the organization’s executive director. “Women in particular have been caught in the crosshairs of this counterproductive law.”

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Anti gay bigotry in Britain: here.

4 thoughts on “Bush’s anti lesbian military bigotry

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  2. Powell rebukes Palin, Limbaugh, ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

    David Edwards and John Byrne

    Published: Friday December 12, 2008

    In a wide-ranging CNN interview, former Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell lashed out at ex-vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and said the Pentagon should reconsider the policy barring gays from serving openly in the military.

    CNN released a preview of Fareed Zakaria’s interview with Colin Powell Thursday.

    Of Palin, Powell said, “Gov. Palin, to some extent, pushed the party more to the right, and I think she had something of a polarizing effect when she talked about how small town values are good. Well, most of us don’t live in small towns. And I was raised in the South Bronx, and there’s nothing wrong with my value system from the South Bronx.”

    “And when they came to Virginia and said the southern part of Virginia is good and the northern part of Virginia is bad. The only problem with that is there are more votes in the northern part of Virginia than there are in the southern part of Virginia, so that doesn’t work.”

    Of Rush Limbaugh, “Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?” Powell asked. “Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?”

    The Palin quotes were noted by ThinkProgress, which first posted the clip.

    Powell also indicated that there should be a review of the policy on gays in the military.

    Pam’s House Blend writes, “An architect of the original law, Powell’s opinion is widely regarded as a barometer of the law’s future.”

    This video is from CNN’s GPS, broadcast Dec. 11, 2008.


    Comment: It’s a bit like with Powell’s later regrets about his lies about Iraqi WMD in the United Nations … it would be much better if he would have said those things while still in office … this goes for many other (ex)politicians too.


  3. Gays killed in Baghdad as clerics urge clampdown

    Sat Apr 4, 2009 9:11am EDT

    By Wisam Mohammed and Khalid al-Ansary

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two gay men were killed in Baghdad’s Sadr City slum, a local official said on Saturday, and police said they had found the bodies of four more after clerics urged a crackdown on a perceived spread of homosexuality.

    Homosexuality is prohibited almost everywhere in the Middle East, but conditions have become especially dangerous for gays and lesbians in Iraq since the rise of religious militias after U.S.-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein six years ago.

    “Two young men were killed on Thursday. They were sexual deviants. Their tribes killed them to restore their family honor,” a Sadr City official who declined to be named said.

    The police source who declined to be named said the bodies of four gay men were unearthed in Sadr City on March 25, each bearing a sign reading “pervert” in Arabic on their chests.

    Sermons condemning homosexuality were read at the last two Friday prayer gatherings in Sadr City, a sprawling Baghdad slum of some 2 million people. The slum is a bastion of support for fiery Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and his Mehdi Army militia.

    The Mehdi Army has frozen its activities over the last year and government forces have wrested control of the slum.

    Many young men who might have cut their hair short and grown beards when religious gangs controlled much of Iraq now dress in a more Western style as government forces take back control.

    Some are now accused of being gay, and residents of Sadr City say at least one coffee shop has become a gay hangout.

    A member of the slum’s Sadrist office said the Mehdi Army was not involved in the killings, but said homosexuality was now more widespread since the Mehdi Army lost control of the slum.


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