MAY 27 2011 VOLUME 42 ISSUE 21 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
Uneventful.That’s the word that might best describe the impactof “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal on the U.S. armedforces based on brieﬁngs held this week to prepareservice members for the post-repeal military.On a warm spring day earlier this week, Marinesstationed at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., take a break from their day-long training insharpshooting and physical conditioning — whichthe service has practiced and perfected for its nearly236 years of existence — to engage in somethingcompletely new: preparation to serve alongsideopenly gay, lesbian and bisexual troops.Prior to start of the brieﬁng, scheduled to beginon Monday at 1300 hours, Marines dressed in theirsummer camouﬂage gear begin settling into a brieﬁngroom at the barracks to prepare for the training. OneMarine patiently awaits the training while reading theQuantico Sentry. Another Marine entering the roomsmacks his comrade on the shoulder with a notepadbefore taking a seat.Standing in the back, this reporter — clad in a brightmagenta dress shirt — wilts in the sun-baked room,which is overheated thanks to a malfunctioning airconditioner. One Marine responds, “This is nothing!Try taking a tour in Iraq!”The start of the training is delayed for 15 minutes —unusual in the military, which almost always follows its
Marines prepare for life after ‘Don’t Ask’
Proud to be out
CNN’s Don Lemonchallenging norms aboutmasculinity in black community
By PHIL REESEpreese@washblade.com
Two weeks ago, Don Lemon was merely reportingthe news, not making it. As CNN’s weekend prime timeanchor, Lemon brings a decade of experience breakingnews and ﬁling moving special reports. Now, however,Lemon is embarking on an ambitious mission to moveAmerica once again, this time to accept and embracean openly gay African-American news anchor.It’s a tall order, andLemon is risking hislivelihood, his careerand his reputationto come out of thecloset as gay. Thisweek, the Washington Blade sat down with the manwho has spent so much time covering public ﬁgures,and has now become one of those newsmakers himself.
: First of all, congratulationson the new book and coming out. It’s a big month foryou.
Oh thank you!
: Just a few months ago, you made headlines
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‘Like I said earlier, 235 years we’ve been doing this. Theimplementation of this new policy — nothing will change,’said Gunnery Sgt.
who this week leda brieﬁng on ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal at the Marine Corps Base inQuantico, Va.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Training sessions ‘nota big deal’ for straightservice members
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