Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Fall of DADT

This morning at 12:01, Don't Ask, Don't Tell officially lost it's power. I've read and heard heartbreaking accounts of the effects of that piece of legislation. For someone who writes daily, adequate words to describe what I'm feeling elude me. All I can say is that it's about time, and I live for the day a person is viewed for who they are, free of labels and judgement.  DADT is now eighteen years old, meaning that, for many who currently seek to serve in our armed forces, it's all they've ever known.

I understand that, across this great country of ours, there will be public celebrations today. While my day will be low-key, spent quietly working, I'll be wearing a smile, knowing that a great wrong has been corrected. We still have a long way to go as a country, but we've just taken a step in the right direction.

After writing The Telling, I heard from many veterans and active servicemen. Ya'll are in my heart.