I’m not generally one to get all political. Look where it took Janeane Garofalo’s career.
But this weekend, I saw something that I have to comment on. On March 18, Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo were arrested after they chained themselves to the White House fence in protest of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT).
The arrests occurred almost a year to the day after Lt. Dan Choi came out publicly on the Rachel Maddow Show. Choi is a West Point graduate, fluent in Arabic, and has served honorably to protect the United States for a decade under DADT. On paper, he is a valuable asset to our military. In pictures, he’s a hot piece of ass.
And that is why I have to write this in support of Lt. Choi’s mission.
The United States military must repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Not just because it’s wildly unfair. Plenty of things are unfair in life. 7-11 locks up its beer coolers at 11:33 p.m. instead of 12 a.m. THAT’S UNFAIR! But I’ve learned to live with unfair. No, DADT must be repealed for better reasons.
First of all, without lesbians in the military, who is going to read the map or ask for directions when the straight boys get lost in a foreign country? Christ, if there’s one thing a lesbian loves more than a roadtrip, it’s organizing it (directions, alternate routes, Subaru oil change, etc.). Secondly, with gay men able to serve openly, we’d know exactly who to ask for when someone needed a cavity search.
And finally, we cannot forget the other members of the LGBT community. I’m talking drag queens, people. There is nothing more terrifying to me than a judgemental drag queen sassing me up and getting ready to sling a backhanded compliment. Imagine what we could do to our enemies with weapons like that!
On a serious note, we must put pressure on the President and Congress to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Sign petitions, go to rallies, write to your representatives. Because, for a country that is in the midst of two wars, we need the most well-equipped people for the job. Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. Jim Pietrangelo are only two examples of military personnel who served honorably and were asked to leave the military based only on their sexual orientation.
Now it is time to say enough is enough with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Sarah Wilson is a Theatre performance major at Virginia Commonwealth University. She enjoys candle-lit dinners and long walks on the beach. Unfortunately, Richmond offers neither.