Magazine for Gay Troops Slated for Arrival on Bases
A new magazine for gay servicemembers have won approval from the military and will be available at Air Force and Army bases starting Sept. 20 -- the day the longstanding anti-gay law "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" is finally repealed, reported Star and Stripes on Aug. 30.
The new magazine is published by OutServe, an organization catering to gay and lesbian servicememembers who, until now, have had to remain in the shadows and lie about their sexual orientation.
The first post-DADT issue will profile 100 gay and lesbian uniformed patriots, marking the official "coming out" of America’s homosexual members of the Armed Forces.
"The bi-monthly OutServe Magazine highlights the contributions that actively serving LGBTs are making to the United States military, discusses and educates readers about DADT repeal policies, and advocates for the continued fight for equality for all Americans," text at the OutServe website says.
"Our first electronic-only issue of the magazine that was distributed in March to our network members, as well as released to the press, had over 10,000 impressions within the first 48 hours and was met with an overwhelming show of support from the public, the Department of Defense, and the Obama administration."
DADT, passed by Congress and signed by Bill Clinton, allowed gays and lesbians to serve, but only as long as they hid the truth of their sexual identities. Disclosure did not have to be voluntary: Gay and lesbian troops whose sexuality was discovered by snooping fellow servicemembers were also subject to separation from the military.