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Brief history of policies regarding homosexuals in military

Brief history of policies regarding homosexuals in military

This is the history prior to 1981, the changes made in 1981, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in 1993, and the repeal of DADT in 2010.  It’s a brief explanation of the difference these policies made regarding investigations of homosexuals and the categorization of discharges after 1981. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Introduction to LGBT Veterans Speak Up!

Introduction to LGBT Veterans Speak Up!

This is the first episode of the podcast, in which the host, Alice Hoffman, shares her background and experience in the US Army.  She also explains the purpose of the podcast, which is to allow other LGBT Veterans to speak up and share their military experiences in an effort to heal the past.  The goal is to leave the listener empowered, inspired, and with a […]

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Route with estimated stops and dates

Route with estimated stops and dates

Leave Santa Monica pier on April 19, 2017 Goffs, CA Apr 25.  Depart April 26th. Flagstaff, AZ May 2.  Depart May 3rd. Albuquerque, NM May 10.  Depart May 11th. Tucumcari, NM May 16.  Depart May 17th. Oklahoma City, OK May 24.  Depart May 25th. Joplin, MO May 30.  Depart May 31st. Eminence, MO June 5.  Depart June 6th. Golconda, IL June 12.  Depart June 13th. […]

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DSM, MMPI and other acronyms… oh my!

DSM, MMPI and other acronyms… oh my!

1952, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was published by the American Psychiatric Association to classify mental disorders.  At that time, homosexuality was classified as a sociopathic mental disturbance.  It was widely viewed by the medical profession as a supposed pathological hidden fear of the opposite sex caused by traumatic parent–child relationships. In 1956, the psychologist Evelyn Hooker performed a study that compared […]

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A million gay Veterans

A million gay Veterans

I read the other day that there are one million gay Veterans.  I can believe that.  I know that about 114,000 service members were discharged for either being gay, thinking about being gay, or having been associated with someone who was suspected of being gay.  They didn’t actually have to be gay.  Is that wild? If 114,000 people were discharged, and there are a million […]

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The monster in the closet

The monster in the closet

When I was a child, I always checked my closet before I went to bed and then closed the door so if anything was in there it couldn’t get out. I guess I didn’t think that whatever monster was in there could turn the doorknob. But somewhere along the line, that closet became a safe place for me to hide. I would do things in […]

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Why I stayed.. and why I left

Why I stayed.. and why I left

I gave a speech last night about how the military treated gay service members and told a graphic story about one young man’s ordeal. I spoke about how two investigators drove him out to a remote area of the base where there was a small frame house. They took him into the house and down to the basement, and then down another flight of stairs […]

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The Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Most people have heard of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, which was the compromise policy that President Clinton signed in 1993.  His intentions were good, but the outcome was not. Prior to 1993, anyone who wanted to serve in the military was asked if they were a homosexual.  Most of us lied and said “no” so we could serve.  A few actually said “yes” and were […]

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Speaking out about the past

Speaking out about the past

This weekend, I had an opportunity to speak at two Toastmasters events.  They were both area contests, and between the two contests, they encompassed five different areas.  Part of this contest was to evaluate a speech, and the contestants were judged on how well they provided feedback to the speaker.  I was the speaker. I spoke about my journey into the military and what it […]

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