US woman soldier flees anti-lesbian death threats

This video from the USA is called The end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell“? (Rachel Maddow Show 3/02/09).

From Women’s eNews in the USA:

Lesbian Who Fled Army Opens Legal Ground in Canada

By Wency Leung

WeNews correspondent

Monday, December 7, 2009

After fleeing abuse at Fort Campbell, a lesbian now living in Canada is hoping for asylum on the unusual grounds of anti-homosexual persecution within the U.S. military. Her case could affect other claims by asylum seekers from democracies.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia –For months, Pvt. Bethany Smith silently endured taunts and physical abuse from her fellow soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., for being a lesbian.

But when she received an anonymous note one day with a threat against her life, Smith decided she had to get out of the Army.

“It said that they were going to break into the supply room and get the keys to my room and beat me to death in my bed,” Smith said, adding that the letter came only a couple months after she learned the Army was deploying her to Afghanistan. “It was at that point that I knew I was more afraid of the people who were supposed to be on my side than people we were supposed to be fighting overseas.”

More than 12,000 service members have lost their jobs because of the U.S. military’s so-called “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. A disproportionate number of those discharges are women, according to 2008 statistics gathered by the Washington-based Servicemembers Legal Defense Network from the government under the Freedom of Information Act.

With the help of an acquaintance, Smith abandoned Fort Campbell and drove for two straight days to Canada, where she hoped to seek asylum.

She crossed the border on Sept. 11, 2007.

More than two years later, Smith, now 21, is fighting to stay in Ottawa, where she works for a call center.

Her efforts to obtain refugee status were boosted in November when a Canadian federal court judge decided her case should be reconsidered by the country’s refugee board, which had earlier rejected her claim.

Smith said she was thrilled with the court’s decision.

“I basically jumped around the room, all happy,” she said.

USA: According to an analysis of statewide data taken from 1998-2001, women in Oregon who made less than $50,000 a year were more than three times likely to report they were discriminated against by health providers because of their insurance status during pregnancy and delivery: here.

Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” Bill Tied To Rick Warren Mentor: here. And here.

Bollywood’s first gay love scene: here.

Persecution of gays under Franco’s dictatorship in Spain: here.

A Peril in War Zones: Sexual Abuse by Fellow G.I.’s: here.

Congress Told That DOD Data on Sexual Assault and Rape in Military Is ‘Lacking in Accuracy, Reliability and Validity’: here.

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