Prejudice and ignorance are two of the most prominent ills of our society today. The way gay soldiers are treated today is no exception. Many have been forced to resign due to their sexual orientation, which has little or nothing to do with their ability as soldiers. Most members of our armed forces have no experience in relating to gay people, resulting in a fear that has caused pain to many people, both homosexual and heterosexual. People should not be judged on the basis of their sexuality, an issue which has nothing to do with your ability to serve our country.
This Web resource gives links to sites that give support for the argument that homosexuality is not relevant to a person's ability to serve in the military. It also discusses why people should not be judged on their sexual orientation. [Recommended by Ashley Levin.]
This article gives reasons why homosexuals are being banned from the military. It is argued that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is putting gays back into the closet. [Recommended by Debra Busher and Contessa Mendoza.]
This is a summary of a book edited by Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D., et al.) published in 1996 by The University of Chicago Press. It gives a brief description of each book chapter that covers both sides of the argument against homosexuals in the military. [Recommended by Debra Busher.]
An up-to-date complilation of links to Web sites on a variety of topics relating to this policy. Links to information about court cases are given in chronological order. There are also links to court documents and to news articles on court documents. [Recommended by Contessa Mendoza.]
Discusses why gays should remain enlisted and also cites various other resources for gays and lesbians.
An historical account of what happened in our military during the mid 20th century. A good discussion of how homosexual activity was regarded by the military and by psychologists. [Recommended by Dawn Burden.]
This article from August 30, 1995, provides an interesting look at how this topic was viewed early in the Clinton Administration.
A comprehensive collection of articles discussing the issue of gays in the military.
This is a valuable resource for links supporting the role of gays in the military. [Recommended by Stacy Baker.]
An essay by a supporter of lifting the "Don't Ask" policy in lieu of something stronger to protect gay people's rights.
Talks about various legal aspects of keeping gays either in or out of the Armed Forces, and cites survey results with heterosexual servicemen as subjects.
A survey conducted on college student's attitudes concerning keeping gays in the Armed Forces.
Contrasts and compares persent-day homosexual servicemen with those serving during World War II.
An excellent book telling the personal stories of gays and lesbians who serve in the Armed Forces, and the obstacles they faced.