We just got off the phone with Cathy Renna, managing partner of Renna Communications, about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. The repeal, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama just before Christmas last year, came as a surprise to many on both sides of the issue. Many had resigned themselves to the idea that the repeal wouldn't be considered on the floor as a standalone bill, and that a lameduck Congress would stall on taking action. They were wrong on both counts.
Renna has been involved with the repeal movement for quite some time. She works with both the Palm Center, which conducts research on sexual minorities in the military, and OutServe, a group of LGBT Americans in active military service.
Although the repeal is now law, it hasn't been implemented yet. We talked about the timeline for implementation, the effects on people currently serving in the military and those who were discharged under DADT and the military's anti-sodomy regulations, and progress that still needs to be made for transgender service members and the same-sex partners of military personnel.
Want to hear our conversation? Join us tomorrow night on Queery at 7 p.m. on WORT 89.9 FM in Madison, Wis.