Activists assail‘derogatory’language in Pentagonquestionnaire
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
A new Pentagon study thataims to gather the views of militaryspouses on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”repeal has invoked the ire of LGBTadvocacy groups that are claimingbias in the questionnaire.According to the DefenseDepartment, the survey went outAug. 20 to 150,000 militaryhouseholds and is intended toinform the work of the Pentagongroup working on a plan to end“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”“We’re going to look at thatinformation and develop an imple-mentation plan for a possiblerepeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’”said Cynthia Smith, a DefenseDepartment spokesperson.But LGBT rights groups advo-cating for repeal of “Don’t Ask,Don’t Tell” say the survey ques-tions are biased and assume anegative impact of repealing the1993 law banning open servicein the U.S. military.Among the survey questions are:• Has your spouse ever workedon a daily basis with an individualhe or she believed to be a homo-sexual service member?• Compared with other servicemembers in the community, howmuch did that service memberparticipate in military socialactivities?
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Council chair won’tdefer to police chiefon gay liaison unit
This is the sec-ond of a two-part series featuringexclusive interviews with the twoleading Democratic candidates formayor. An interview with MayorAdrian Fenty was published lastweek and is available online.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
D.C. City Council ChairmanVincent Gray said that, if electedmayor, he would take a moreaggressive approach to fightinghate crimes targeting LGBT peo-ple and would make HIV/AIDSprevention efforts one of hishighest priorities.In an Aug. 20 interview withthe Washington Blade, Gray alsosaid he would take strong stepsto address a wide range ofissues of concern to local LGBTresidents, including speaking outagainst efforts to overturn thecity’s same-sex marriage lawthrough a ballot initiative.Gray, the main rival to MayorAdrian Fenty in the Sept. 14Democratic primary, challenged aposition Fenty disclosed in a sepa-rate interview with the Blade —that he has deferred to Police ChiefCathy Lanier on her approach todecentralizing the department’sGay & Lesbian Liaison Unit.Some LGBT activists haveexpressed support for the decen-tralization plan, which includes thecreation of affiliate GLLU officersstationed throughout the city. Butthey have objected to Lanier’sdecision to reduce the number offull-time GLLU officers assigned
Advice for LGBT parents sending kids to schoolfor the first time.
Photos from last weekend's summer farewellWhite Party at Cobalt.
The Pentagon, under the direc-tion of Defense Secretary
, has distributed a secondsurvey on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key
Troop survey draws criticism
‘I can’t remember the last time I missed participating in the Pride parade. Ican’t remember the last time I wasn’t involved in Black Pride activities,’ saidD.C. City Council Chair
. ‘I’ve been a consistent supporter.’
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
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Gray promises to fighthate crimes, AIDS
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