5 Years Ago, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Was Repealed

It was 5 years ago today that the most pro-LGBT president in U.S. history, President Barack Obama, signed the DADT Repeal Act into law, integrating our military for gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers.

In honor of this moment, I’m posting this interview I recorded in 2011 with Sgt. Danny Ingram, who was discharged from the U.S. Army when DADT came into force in 1993. As president of AVER, he advocated for fellow LGBT servicemembers and veterans long enough to shake the hand of President Obama at the signing ceremony.

You can also see the full signing ceremony here.

This is all said in acknowledgement that Transgender servicemembers have not yet been integrated into the military. Under Sec. of Defense Ashton Carter, advancements are moving toward the day that DADT for Trans servicemembers will be able to serve in the military openly without threat of discharge. Under Carter, women servicemembers have also been expanded to all combat roles in the military.

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