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USNA Alumni Asking & Telling

Posted by Average Gay Joe at 9:24 pm - December 22, 2008.
Filed under: Gays In Military,Military,Movies/Film & TV

A very interesting interview I came across yesterday with Captain Steve Hall (USN – ret.), a gay veteran and former nuclear submarine commander. Hall is involved with USNA Out, a group for LGBT Naval Academy alumni. He is also the driving force behind a new documentary film, currently scheduled to premier in Summer 2009, about LGBT Naval Academy alumni and the DADT policy banning gays from openly serving in the military. This film should do much to highlight the service of these vets and I’m very encouraged by what he said about this project in this recent interview:

“When I was a midshipman, there were no gay or lesbian role models,” he said. “All we ever heard was when someone was kicked out.”

He hopes the film will help people see that gay service members exist and have achieved great things, and that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy – which requires gays in the military to hide their sexual identities or risk expulsion – is a “folly.”

“This is another way to tell our story and unveil the masks of who we are. We need to educate our fellow alumni and anyone who will pay attention,” said Jeff Petrie, the founder of the gay alumni group USNA Out, who has agreed to be interviewed for the film. “When I look back at how other minorities were treated in military history and how far we’ve come with how those people are now part of an integrated team, I know the same will be true for us one day. And I want to take advantage of every opportunity I can to move that along.” […]

While some alumni – particularly those who were kicked out – are bitter about what happened to them, that will not be the focus of the film, Hall said.

“I’m going to do everything I can to make sure the alumni look great. We’re all products of the academy, and the academy does a really good job of developing people’s character,” he said. “I don’t want to show dirty laundry.” (Baltimore Sun)

Now this sounds like a film that is respectful of the service and one I definitely won’t miss.

— John (Average Gay Joe)

Vote for Grande Conservative Blogress Diva 2009

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:24 am - December 22, 2008.
Filed under: Blogging,Blogress Divas,Strong Women

With the hope that this poll will not suffer from the glitches of last year’s, here are the nominees. They’re all divas, but only one blogress can become the Grande Conservative Blogress Diva. Voting continues until 5 PM EST on New Year’s Eve at which point we’ll announce the winner and hand her her tiara. Let the cat fight voting begin!

Which blogress should be the Grande Conservative Blogress Diva 2009?
Amy Alkon
The Anchoress
Ann Althouse
Little Miss Attila
Tammy Bruce
Dymphna of Gates of Vienna
Sondra K of Knowledge is Power
Mary Katharine Ham of The Weekly Standard
Rachel Lucas
Michelle Malkin
neo-neo con
Pamela of Atlas Shrugs
Debbie Schlussel
Sister Toldjah
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UPDATE:  Kathy Shaidle has asked us to remove her name from the competition.  And we have done so, having changed the poll, but having retained the tally for the blogresses remaining in the competition. We will add that to the total from the new poll. I have made a .pdf of the old poll (at the time we “published” the new poll) and have offered to share that with the contest participants.

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