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We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We’re TOTALLY Not Politicizing Our Military Service

Posted on July 27 2010 8:00 am
I'm a newly born Conservative, recovering from a life of misguided liberalism. 40-something, born in Seattle and raised in Washington State.
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This is NOT the flag for which our troops should be fighting!

A new group of gay, lesbian and bisexual active duty military men and women has formed. Calling itself OutServe, the group “aims to give new voice to LGBT service members currently serving in the U.S. military,” says The Washington Blade, a DC based website targeting the LGBT community.

Great. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”  (DADT) hasn’t even been repealed yet, and there’s already a gay rights group for military personnel. How much of the gay agenda will OutServe be pushing?

The group has existed, underground, since October, 2009, and has already toured schools to talk about DADT, causing such an uproar at one college, that a subsequent speech on campus by Army officer had to be canceled due to protests, says The Blade.

In the interests of full disclosure, I must state I’ve never served in the military. But, from the people I know who have, this is their biggest fear with gays serving openly: a political action group working to promote the interests of a minority within the ranks. And this seems to be what OutServe could become.

“One of the things that we see a lot coming from the Pentagon is they’re saying ‘gay advocates’ are saying this, or certain things are happening, and like to use the word ‘advocates,’” Smith said. “As we created a group that is just active duty, it’s no longer advocates are saying this it’s now their own people.”

J.D. Smith, a pseudonym, is the co-director of the group.

If DADT is to be repealed, it is to be done so that gay, lesbian and bisexual military personnel can serve just like everyone else. Not to change the Pentagon’s perception or action. Not to work college campuses to pressure the military to change its policies.

I am the last person to criticize the military service of anyone who has the courage of conviction and the patriotism to protect this country. It is disturbing to me, however, that before DADT is even a side note in the historical record, a gay advocacy group is already hard at work, promoting special interests, rather than integration and troop cohesion.

How long will it be before OutServe is actively promoting same-sex mixers on base and a pride parade?

The military already has an agenda. It doesn’t need another one.


Chris Barnhart is a conservative social and political blogger. He can be found writing for his blog, Chris Is RIGHT, or haunting Twitter.

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