Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Study shows number of gays serving in US military is slowly increasing; Obama promises to work for repeal of DADT in State of Union Address

The Williams Institute of the UCLA School of Law has published a study stating that the number of lesbian and gay people serving, mostly covertly, in the United States military has increased slightly. About 13000 are on active duty, about 1% of those deployed, and about 53000 are in National Guard and reserve units, for a total of about 66000.

The news story appears on p A17 of the Wednesday Jan 27 Washington Post, here. The title is “Survey shows slight increase in reported number of gays serving in the military”.

Greta Cammermeyer, who wrote “Serving in Silence” (Viking) made into a television movie in 1994, was an officer in the Washington State National Guard.

The most recent statement that I could find on the Williams Center web site (in conjunction with the Pal Center) appears July 27, 2009 here where a Working Group on the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy corrects statements made by public officials.

At 10:13 PM, EDT, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama said he would work with Congress to repeal the law that keeps gay Americans (and lesbians) from serving openly in the military. The TV camera focused on the JCS, which looked mum.

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