Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Worry

It's been more than 20 months since “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” was repealed, and across the — wait, hasn't everything gone to shit yet? Wasn't the repeal going to “weaken the warrior culture at a time when we have a fight on our hands,” as former Air Force chief of staff Merrill A. McPeak predicted it would in a New York Times op-ed in 2010? Well, it would seem not. America appears to be as amply defended as ever. But don't listen to us. We're civilians, and ill-tempered ones to boot. Instead, listen to Col. Stewart Bornhoft, US Army (Ret.) and Capt. M. Matthew Phelps, USMC, both of whom come armed with payloads to drop on any backward thinking at the lecture “The Sky Did Not Fall: Life After the Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.” They speak from experience on the front lines, with first-hand accounts from active-duty military (instead of old generals put to pasture, as Fox News would swing it). Those troops report exactly what many of us expected: We're good, America. The roundtable discussion also includes Ty Walrod, co-founder of OutServe, the association of actively-serving LGBT military personnel.
Mon., June 25, 6 p.m., 2012

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