Memo to the Media: Being Black Is Not The Same As Declaring You're Gay
Memo to the Media: Being Black Is Not The Same As Declaring You're Gay (Elaine Donnelly on Big Peace)
"Defending the Culture of the Military" - Excerpt
This an excerpt of a book chapter by CMR President Elaine Donnelly titled “Defending the Culture of the Military,” published in May 2010 by the Air Force University Press as part of a book titled Attitudes Are Not Free: Thinking Deeply about Diversity in the U.S. Armed Forces. Footnotes are in sequence but different from the original text, which begins on page 249, linked above.
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1 According to its own LGBT News Web site and newsletters, the British Ministry of Defence meets regularly with LGBT groups advocating transgender rights. See www.lgbt.mod.uk. The Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department at the US Military Academy at West Point invited a formerly male graduate and transgender activist to address classes on 4 November 2008. The Michael D. Palm Center, formerly the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military, has posted on its Web site an article titled “Transgender People in the U.S. Military.” In another July 2009 article titled “Self-Inflicted Wound,” the Palm Center complains that proposed legislation, H. R. 1283, would “do nothing for transgender service members,” signaling an intent to expand that agenda during or after the current legislative process (27 July 2009, p. 6). The list of expectations from the transgender faction would include military housing access and medical coverage for pre– and post–gender reassignment surgery.
2 Aaron Belkin and Melissa Sheridan Embser-Herbert, “A Modest Proposal,” International Security 27 (Fall 2002): 178.
3 In a presentation opposite Nathaniel Frank, PhD, of the Palm Center, in Chicago on 17 June 2009, Air Force Academy instructor Brian Maue, PhD, speaking for himself only, noted that in the Air Force, body-touching measurements to determine waist size and personal fitness are done only by persons of the same sex. Respect for sexual privacy also is apparent at every commercial airport, where female security workers perform more extensive body searches of women. Fleeting risks of dignity discomforts are minimized by reasonable practices that respect sexual differences and sensitivities. Maue added that men and women in the military, who must share close quarters on a constant basis, deserve the same respect.
4 Andrew Tilgham, Navy Times, “Why So Many Skippers Get Fired,” 14 September 2009, 18. The article reports that “personal misconduct is by far the most significant cause of CO firings. Some 45, or 35 percent of the firings during the past 10 years, were due to misbehavior rather than a significant mishap, command performance, or a troubled command climate.”
5 See House Report 103-200, 103rd Cong., 1st sess., NDAA for FY 1994, Report of the Committee on Armed Services on H.R. 2401, 30 July 1993, 290.
6 Brian E. A. Maue, PhD, “The Locker Room Issue,” in “In the Barracks, Out of the Closet,” Room for Debate, New York Times, 3 May 2009. Dr. Maue’s opinions were identified as his own.
7 William H. McMichael, “Report: Outdated Sodomy Law Should be Repealed,” Navy Times, 16 November, 2009, 12. Previous reports by this private commission, headed by retired military judge Walter T. Cox III and by a 1998 Task Force on Good Order and Discipline that was appointed by then-Defense Secretary William S. Cohen in 1997, have issued several proposals for revising manuals for courts-martial on several sexual offenses, including adultery.
8 Some reports described Lt Col Fehrenbach, a WSO, as an F-15 pilot whose training cost $25 million. DOD figures provided to the 1992 Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces estimated training costs for fighter or bomber pilots to be $3.1 million. See Commission Report, Finding #2.6.1GH, p. C-93.
9 Dan Popkey, “Gay Boise Air Force Pilot ‘Outed’ by False Accusation,” Idaho Statesman, 23 August 2009. SLDN lawyers representing Fehrenbach did not contest the Boise Police Report, DR#813-786.
10 Col W. Hays Parks. “Tailhook: What Happened, Why, and What’s to be Learned,” US Naval Institute Proceedings, September 1994, 89–102.