Thursday, December 3, 2009

LGBT soldiers can come out ... but only if they're testifying to Congress

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., has introduced legislation to protect active duty service members who publicly identify themselves as LGBT if they do so while testifying before Congress. The bill is intended to allow LGBT service members to participate in congressional hearings scheduled for next year about the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which permits the discharge of any service member who comes out as non-heterosexual.

However, some activists who support LGB people in the military say that the legislation could have a potential downside: harassment of individuals who come out during the congressional investigation. Alexander Nichols, executive director of Servicemembers United, said that testifying could put active duty service members in danger from other members of their units.

You can read more in this story from the Associated Press.

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