Category Archives: ask, tell

March 24, 2014, 11:35 am

Pedal for the Living

(Guest Post! Ian Lekus is a lecturer in LGBT Studies at the University of Maryland and an LGBT Thematic Specialist for Amnesty International USA. He is writing Queer and Present Dangers: Sexuality, Masculinity, and the Sixties, to be published by the University of North Carolina Press. He’s here to tell us about a bike ride that for him brings together memory and hope, the past and the future, in equal amounts. Thanks, Ian.)

Pedaling 65 miles under cool blue skies, at the very beginning of a New England fall, I have plenty of time to ponder all the history that brought me back to Cape Cod for my second Harbor to the Bay AIDS Bike Ride. The September before, I had committed myself to my greatest physical challenge to date: biking from Sagamore to Provincetown in support of Community Research Initiative’s cutting-edge work to make HIV medications safer, less expensive, and more…

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September 19, 2012, 7:49 pm

The Human Dimension

So I posted the scholarly study about the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” but this Navy Times article does a nice job with the human side of things:

In December, a lesbian sailor won the right to the coveted “first kiss” when the Oak Hill returned to port in Virginia after 80 days at sea. The crowd on hand to welcome the ship screamed in delight and waved flags as Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta shared a kiss with her partner, Citlalic Snell — a moment captured in a YouTube clip that drew 1.5 million viewers.

The clip:

And the local news channel:

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September 17, 2012, 6:34 pm

In A Giant Shock To Just About Everyone, Repealing DADT Does Not Seem To Have A Negative Effect.

From Politico comes a story on the first scholarly study of the effect of DADT. The study [Warning: PDF!] concluded:

Obviously, it’s one study, but were the negative effect overwhelming, one would suspect it would show up even then.