September 20, 2013
Contact: Mark Mazzone

SPART*A Issues Statement Commemorating Second Anniversary of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal

Washington, D.C., September 20, 2013 - Two years ago today, we marked a significant milestone in the march towards full LGBT military equality. The decades-old “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy had finally been repealed, ensuring no service members would be discharged because of their sexual orientation. We can serve openly, honestly, and without reproach for being who we are.

We have come a long way as a community, seeing Provision 3 of DOMA struck unconstitutional and the implementation of benefits for same-sex military couples. Today we stand on ground hallowed by our predecessors so that we may walk free and with our chins held high. Today we look to the horizon as the sun has risen on this second anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Today we are no longer hiding in shadows, lingering among the darkness harboring us from groups who would do us harm. Now, we walk completely in the light, basking in the rays of equality shining down on us since September 20, 2011.

Today, this day, is our call to action to press even further until we are all equal, receiving every benefit we are entitled to, and every Sailor, Soldier, Airman, and Marine can stand with dignity and honor, the spirits of our predecessors at our backs, vanguards against hate and discrimination, and reminding us that heroes like Charlie Morgan and Andrew Wilfahrt didn’t die in vain - a somber reminder of the sacrifice so many have paid but so many more go unrecognized.

Today is the day we honor all and prepare to continue our battle for full LGBT equality, for actively serving service members, reservists, national guardsmen, families, and veterans. Today we celebrate the second anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and look forward as the sun sets and rises on a new day, rife with new challenges, but with those challenges come opportunities to bring more to the right side of history and full LGBT military equality.

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About SPART*A: SPART*A is a group of LGBT people who currently serve or have served in the military and our families as well as veteran and uniformed allies. We are a membership organization, built by, for and with members from all parts of the LGBT military community. SPART*A’s mission is to advocate for and support our actively serving LGBT military members and veterans, and their families, while working to ensure that the military enforces equal opportunity protections fairly to all. 

Virium per Aequalitas


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  • commented 2013-09-22 11:44:10 -0400
    Jessica, this issue is very serious. Can you please email advocacy@ spartapride.org? We would like to get you some more detailed advice.
  • commented 2013-09-21 18:57:24 -0400
    I’m very glad I was able to be active duty when this ended. Now with that said it really didn’t change anything (at least in my unit) people still make homophobic remarks and honestly nobody would know how to deal with if someone came out. I’m transgender and recently got found out by my command. Now I got lucky. My command is supportive and wants to make sure I don’t get harassed. Now for my platoon especially my fellow enlisted personal there’s a lot of friction. I’d say the most is my SNCO’s they single me out, make sure to give me any shit duty possible and I feel discriminate because of me being transgender. There’s no education for anyone to know how to act. I mean hell my Gunny told me if I was more “manly” I could change. So many of these guys are not educated about any LGBT knowledge and are just acting how the marine corps always had. A typical alpha male Darwin culture. I think the whole military could benefit from some education on how to handle these situations