Today the Senate voted to end the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the Armed Services. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. The House of Representatives had voted to end the ban earlier in the week, and to be official, President Obama needs to sign it, which he is expected to do as he has claimed to be in opposition of it. It won’t go into effect immediately however as Obama and top Pentagon officials must be sure it will not hinder military readiness and then must sit for 60 days before the ban is lifted. Now no one has to worry about dismissal from the military by being openly homosexual or bisexual.

This allows those who want to serve our country to truly be themselves. The real issue here is the idea of forcing people to hide their true identities in order for them to serve in the military. Being yourself means coming out about your orientation in all aspects of your life. Having to hide something so important about yourself in order to follow a dream should not be tolerated or encouraged. This can also apply to people who are heterosexual as well. Are there spaces and people in your life that you must hide around? Who does not allow you to truly be yourself? Sometimes we have no choice but to be around these people in which case it is up to us to be comfortable enough with ourselves to the point that their opinion does not matter. The ending of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell allows everyone one of our soldiers to truly be themselves and what is more beautiful than that?

Namaste. Jenna

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