Ask. Tell.

On December 21, 1993, a policy that came to be known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was implemented. It was intended to provide a little bit of protection to gays and lesbians serving in the United States military, but in practice, it was a hellish fiasco, leading to the dismissal of hundreds of mission-critical service members, many with important language skills, during wartime.

Today, September 20, 2011, at 12:01 EDT, that policy ended.

That policy ended with remarkably little upheaval. The leaders of our military have supported this change for years. 97% of troops have gone through training and the military has distributed new regulations stating that “[a]ll service members are to treat one another with dignity and respect regardless of sexual orientation.” For most of the branches of the military, this is not a big day: this is business as usual, with the repeal being taken in stride and soldiers and service members simply being reminded to treat one another fairly.

Treat one another fairly.

People talk sometimes about a “gay agenda” — there you go. That’s it. Today is a huge milestone in our big gay agenda, if there is one: treat one another fairly. Today, people get to serve with pride in their country, and it doesn’t matter if they’re black, white, brown, or blue; it doesn’t matter if they’re male or female; and it doesn’t matter if they’re gay or straight. What matters is the dedication they have for their country. That’s fair, and we’re all stronger for it.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has been relegated to an ugly corner of history, over with segregation and the struggle for women’s suffrage. Spare a moment to celebrate its passing, and thank a service member the next time you see one.

P.S.: I want to deeply thank the amazing Strawberry Singh for patiently posing with me. She rocks.

On Strawberry:
Hair: elikatira — Later by elikapeka Tiramisu
Skin: Belleza — Chloe by Tricky Boucher
Dress: suzy — French Sleeve Dress by Arianrhod Garnet
Shoes: Gos — Espadrilles by Gospel Voom

On Vaki:
Hair: Jaryth’s Barber Shop — Clipper Cuts Sebastian by jarythe
Shirt: Defectiva — Vintage Error by Disembodied Hand
Tank: Vitamen — Ribbed Cotton Tank by Vitamen Hax
Trousers: NSD — Chinos by Naith Smit
Boots: Gos — Docs by Gospel Voom
Necklace: Mandala — Shamira by kikunosuke Eel

Poses: Storin by Annah Whitfield; Oh! Studio by Marcopol Oh

About Vaki

Seriously, Mega Shark v. Giant Octopus is a masterpiece of modern cinema. What? It has Deborah Gibson in it. And there's this one scene where...what? Oh, like there's something better than a mega shark leaping out of the ocean and biting a plane in half. Whatever.
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7 Responses to Ask. Tell.

  1. Wow, I had no idea this was going to be such a strong and powerful post. I am honored that you asked me, thank you! ❤

  2. Don Mill says:

    Good day, great post!

  3. awesome post Vaki. Very cute photos!

  4. Chance says:

    As usual you are amazing.

  5. beccapet says:

    Great post.

    But can I just add that the dress that Strawberry is wearing is GORGEOUS (as is Strawberry, ‘natch) and I feel another shopping trip coming on. LOL

    • Vaki says:

      That dress is fantastic (and I actually dragged Berry out to go get it, because I thought it’d look good on her) — it’s from a tiny little shop, and I’m totally in love with it. I sort of wish my post hadn’t been all serious and whatnot, because I didn’t get a chance to mention the awesome dress or the really great new shirt from Defectiva, both of which I’m totally in love with. Thank you for pointing it out!

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