I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day-Let's Remember GLBTQ Soldiers

This Memorial Day rejoice, because the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the horrible don't ask, don't tell policy! This summer, the Senate will vote on it and I really, really hope that they repeal it. There is no logic to the policy-how does preventing people who want to fight help a win a war? It doesn't! (Although I do not support the war, myself...)

It seems to me that right now we are a nation of fear. We are fighting a war, because we are fearful and we do not let those that want to fight do so, because of fear. As for myself, the times that I feel truly patriotic are not when I am supporting a war, but when our country takes a step forward towards true freedom.

Last year, when I visited my Naval aviator brother on the boat-according to my brother, aviators call the craft a "boat", while everyone else calls it a "ship,"-once again, I felt stigmatized. "If only they knew," I thought to myself. If I applied to serve my country under the don't ask, don't tell policy, I would be denied, because of my bisexuality. Of course, I would also be denied, because of my illnesses, so it is a good thing I have no interest in being a soldier!

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