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How to celebrate the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

20 September 2011 10:28 AM, PDT | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

After almost 20 years, we are finally getting rid of the discriminatory policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell within our nation's military. The rule that allowed for gay witch hunts is no longer as of today — and that is cause for celebration.

In the last two decades, there have been a lot of stories told about service members who were found out or who came out, only to be dishonorably discharged. Today we should think about them and about those who are finally able to serve in the military as the openly gay people they are.

And while many of the cases we hear about seem to focus on men, it's lesbians that were actually affected the most by Dadt. According to AOL, "lesbians accounted for 48 percent of 195 discharges under the don't-ask, don't-tell policy, even though women make up only 14 percent of the [army]. More than half, 51 percent, of those [in the air force] discharged were women, »

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