Nine Army linguists, including six trained to speak Arabic, have been dismissed from the military because they are gay.
– from an AP newswire article on November 14
Here we have the world’s greatest superpower, which also happens to be sorely and dangerously lacking in military personnel who can speak critical foreign languages, dismissing folks because of their sexual predilection.
It sometimes takes years to kick out sexual harrassers in the military, and my understanding is that harrassment against women officers is still very much a problem in the military.
But it takes just one admission or shred of evidence to highlight someone’s homosexuality, and boom, they’re out the door.
How ironic that we trumpet Freedom with a capital F around the world and decry discrimination around the world, yet somehow can’t manage to break out of our own homophobia.