On February 2, 2010, at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Admiral Mike Mullen called for an end to the 16-year-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. It made him the first top military officer to do so.
He said, “It is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do. No matter how I look at this issue, I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens. To me personally, it comes down to integrity – theirs as individuals, and ours as an institution.”
While Mullen had spoken of gays and lesbians, his written statement substituted the word, ‘homosexual.’
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.
On Thursday, Diversity Richmond, in partnership with WRIR, will host its third radio show, this time on LGBT sexuality and in front of a live audience. The organization’s new monthly series that broadcasts on 97.3 FM addresses LGBT issues. Diversity Richmond’s first show launched two months ago and featured SAGE Central Virginia, a program Diversity [...]