Nathaniel Frank's blog

In Ending DADT, America Comes Out of the Closet

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As I step away from ten years of researching and speaking about "don't ask, don't tell," questions swirl about the fate of a policy that mandates deception in the name of morale; that has wasted the talents of thousands of badly needed personnel while filling shortfalls with ex-convicts and drug abusers; and that's been a needless and undeserved indignity to a group of American citizens who simply want to serve their country like millions of others who proudly wear the uniform.  read more »

The Military Wants Diversity: Will Congress Stand in its Way?

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As a Pentagon working group studies how to end discrimination against gay troops, one of its focuses is the military's broader experience with diversity: how has it met the challenge of transcending old barriers and replacing them with a commitment to putting the best and brightest in key positions of leadership?  read more »

While the Pentagon Studies, More Gays Fall

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And yet the approach of the Pentagon's new Working Group is basically a reset. While its leaders insist it is about how, not whether, to lift the ban, everyone knows that any concerns it raises will be used by political opponents to say it can't be done. That tactic has already started, with Rep. Buck McKeon leading the charge.  read more »

Gay Troops and the Trouble With Polls

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Remember the major poll taken of enlisted personnel asking them if they felt like invading Iraq?  read more »

Refuting the Latest Arguments Against Gay Troops

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Below is a point-by-point refutation of James Bowman's article on honor and gay troops, which is marred by errors and assumptions that do not serve to forward the debate over service by open gays and lesbians.

What Can Stop the Gay-Bashing in the Military?

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Rocha's case is not about bad apples. The military doesn't even think that what happened was wrong. Now that the incident is getting some press, however, the Navy is doing a different dance...

Why Does Obama Use Executive Power for Everything But Gay Troops?

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Under continued pressure from gay groups and those concerned with our national security...

Will We Wait Until Another Gay Sailor is Murdered?

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Last week a 29-year-old gay sailor was found shot to death at Camp Pendleton. Will we wait for the next murder before we end the madness?

Stop-Loss: The Solution to Obama’s DADT Conundrum

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In asking the court U.S. Supreme Court not to hear the appeal of James Pietrangelo, an Army Captain who was fired under DADT, the White House put itself into a tricky position.

Address at West Point

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I went to West Point this week to lecture about DADT. Palm scholars have been making such visits every year for the past six years.
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