In 1993, Congress approved “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” prohibiting lesbian, gay and bisexual service members from revealing their sexual orientation.
In January of 2010, the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law reported that the U.S. military has spent as much as 500 million tax dollars implementing its ban on openly-gay service members.
Dr. Gary Gates, the study’s author, reported that 2.2% of military personnel are lesbian, gay or bisexual – bringing their numbers to about 66,000. He also predicted that lifting the ban would attract an estimated 36,700 men and women to active duty, and 12,000 more to the guard and reserve force.
Presently, the military spends between $22,000 to $43,000 per person to replace those discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“The Rainbow Minute,” a radio show on WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio, is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM every Weekday at 8:59am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
The Rainbow Minute is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM, WRIR Richmond Independent Radio, every Weekday at 7:59 a.m, 12:29 p.m. and 4:59 p.m. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]