This will necessarily be vague with some details changed. But back when I was a newly out lesbian, I dated a military officer who lived on a base. When I lost my housing due to a bad landlord incident (his bad, not mine!), my girlfriend and I decided to live together. It was during "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and it was no fun for me, living a forced lie. So imagine my thrill when I read the news that this year, Fort Bragg chose Ashley Broadway, 15-year lesbian partner and co-mom to two small children with Lt. Col. Heather Mack, as the military spouse of the year....more
I walked up to the room just off the library at my law school and saw the recruitment officer seated at a table. I looked his way and called out from the door, “You know I have a law enforcement background and would be an excellent JAG.” (Judge Advocate General) The officer smiled broadly and said, “I won’t ask!” absolutely getting the gist of my comment. I responded, “Yeah, but I would TELL.” We held our gaze for an awkward moment, then I walked on to my next class.
This weekend I should have bought a lottery ticket. I saw things I never thought I'd see. First, I finally got to see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Then, my son cleaned his room. Oh and then the Senate voted to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell.
I didn't think it would happen....more
At dinner last night, TW and I were happily reading our Twitter streams and surfing our feeds when we both noticed the great news out of our former home state of Florida. The ban on gay adoptions has been ruled unconstitutional and Governor Crist says Florida will immediately stop the ban on gay adoptions.
Of the many bills up for a vote in the Senate, today's votes on two high-profile pieces of legislation succumbed to a Republican filibuster by narrow margins -- and a third bill of utmost importance to women in the workforce could face a vote in the next week.
For a brief news cycle last week, the focus of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy was not on whether the Obama administration would repeal the policy, but on the fact that women are more likely to be kicked out of the military under the policy. An article, by Lisa Leff of the Associated Press, explored both new statistics released by the government and possible reasons why the inequality exists....more
There was a brief period of time after I graduated from college, when I considered joining the military. Growing up, I had always had this kind of romantic notion about serving in the Navy. My grandma had always spoken fondly of her days as a Wave, and my dad had lamented the Navy career he never had, thanks to asthma. They planted the military seed in the back of my mind.