I just got interviewed by Military Times on DADT!!

  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 08, 2009 1:41 AM GMT
    Some of you may remember from a distant thread that I mentioned I completed a Military Times survey on DADT and answered that I was open to being interviewed. Well, I just got off the phone after a 35 minute interview and the interviewer said that I had some really good quotes. He said that whatever he wants to publish, he will run it by me via email before publishing.

    Some highlights of the interview:

    I mentioned how there is nothing scientific about the support for DADT, but there is a lot of scientific support against it (i.e. discharging medics and arabic linguists in the middle of 2 wars)

    I said that gay stereotypes are more absurd than they are offensive.

    I mentioned how it was imperative that military leadership are trained to handle the end of DADT and any push back from it before it is finally repealed and that all leaders must be on board with it.

    I also mentioned that it is a safe estimate that 65,000 active duty troops are gay or bisexual and that if we are given the benefit of the doubt in uniform about our sexual orientation, then why shouldn't we be given the same benefit of the doubt when sharing facilities?

    I also mentioned that some people have problems with the idea of showering or changing in the same room as someone who is gay, but no one asks if they would have a problem receiving donated blood from someone who is gay when their life depends upon it on the battlefield.


    I said a whole lot of stuff. I'll keep everyone updated as the story develops

    P.S. Rachel Maddow will be so proud!
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    Dec 08, 2009 5:35 AM GMT
    way to go champ icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 08, 2009 5:40 AM GMT
    Awesomeness! Let us know when the article is printed. I would love to read it!

    Did he give any views or opinions on what he thought of DADT? Or was it just straight questioning? (haha)


  • masculumpedes

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    Dec 08, 2009 5:50 AM GMT
    Hey man...I'm proud of you. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 08, 2009 6:01 AM GMT
    Very cool. Usually when you see someone from the military speaking about what is wrong with DADT the audience is us civilians but it seems the audience for this will be military members, vets, retirees and their families. My boyfriend is retired air force and he takes me to the commissary for our groceries. I see the Military Times papers at the checkout so I will have to watch for your updates so I can get that issue.
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    Dec 08, 2009 6:58 AM GMT
    Woot wooticon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 08, 2009 7:52 AM GMT
    Very awesome man, nice work. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 08, 2009 8:33 AM GMT
    *round of applause*


    good work!
  • RSportsguy

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    Dec 08, 2009 9:30 AM GMT
    Way to go!! icon_biggrin.gif
  • maverik

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    Dec 08, 2009 10:54 AM GMT
    yeah keep up the good work and lets have some of your soundbites - might come in handy.
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    Dec 08, 2009 3:50 PM GMT
    Thanks man. I hope all of it will get printed.icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 08, 2009 4:39 PM GMT
    Rawr!
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    Dec 08, 2009 5:20 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidSome of you may remember from a distant thread that I mentioned I completed a Military Times survey on DADT and answered that I was open to being interviewed. Well, I just got off the phone after a 35 minute interview and the interviewer said that I had some really good quotes. He said that whatever he wants to publish, he will run it by me via email before publishing.

    Some highlights of the interview:

    I mentioned how there is nothing scientific about the support for DADT, but there is a lot of scientific support against it (i.e. discharging medics and arabic linguists in the middle of 2 wars)

    I said that gay stereotypes are more absurd than they are offensive.

    I mentioned how it was imperative that military leadership are trained to handle the end of DADT and any push back from it before it is finally repealed and that all leaders must be on board with it.

    I also mentioned that it is a safe estimate that 65,000 active duty troops are gay or bisexual and that if we are given the benefit of the doubt in uniform about our sexual orientation, then why shouldn't we be given the same benefit of the doubt when sharing facilities?

    I also mentioned that some people have problems with the idea of showering or changing in the same room as someone who is gay, but no one asks if they would have a problem receiving donated blood from someone who is gay when their life depends upon it on the battlefield.


    I said a whole lot of stuff. I'll keep everyone updated as the story develops

    P.S. Rachel Maddow will be so proud!


    Wow! You're gonna' get laid more now, for sure! LOL. Coolness.
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    Dec 08, 2009 5:23 PM GMT
    YES! I love Rachel Maddow!
  • Menergy_1

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    Dec 09, 2009 5:31 AM GMT
    Thank you, coolarmydude, and bravo! Your insights and lucid suggestions you made are incredibly accurate and eminently quotable. If only we had more avenues to have these kind of points put before those who can act to repeal this law and do it in an effective and positive fashion.

  • creature

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    Dec 10, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    That's great, coolarmydude. And forget Maddow, you would make Judith Light proud.
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    Dec 10, 2009 1:42 AM GMT
    Excellent--congrats! Will they quote you anonymously?
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 10, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    Yes, I will be identified by demographic and not by name. When the story/survey comes out, I'll post it to this thread and point out my quotes.
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    Dec 10, 2009 2:00 AM GMT
    Thanks for being willing to be interviewing. YOU are awesome.
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 10, 2009 2:04 AM GMT
    You're all welcome and thanks for the encouragement.

    When I opted to be interviewed, the thought that went through my mind was that you cannot be an activist for change if you remain silent. So here I am on this one!
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    Dec 10, 2009 10:36 AM GMT
    Did you come out? If not, then what is the point?
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    Dec 10, 2009 10:39 AM GMT
    You're all welcome and thanks for the encouragement.

    When I opted to be interviewed, the thought that went through my mind was that you cannot be an activist for change if you remain silent. So here I am on this one!



    So, you came out?
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    Dec 10, 2009 10:44 AM GMT
    So, CoolArmy,

    you came out?
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    Dec 10, 2009 10:47 AM GMT
    If not, you are just another Gay guy giving your skills to a Military that does not support you.
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    Dec 10, 2009 10:50 AM GMT
    When I opted to be interviewed, the thought that went through my mind was that you cannot be an activist for change if you remain silent. So here I am on this one!


    Huh? Be an activist if I remain silent? How is he anything but silent? Hellooo?