First Openly Gay General: DADT Repeal Is More About Recognition Of Family

The Two-Way (National Public Radio)
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August 15, 2012
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Last Friday, when Tammy Smith was promoted to Army brigadier general, her wife, Tracey Hepner, was the one who pinned her star on her uniform.

With that, Smith became the first openly gay general in the country. When Smith joined the military 26 years ago, the moment would have been unthinkable. But she explains the historic moment by focusing on its simplicity.

In an interview with Talk of Nation guest host Lynn Neary, she said the moment has been spun as her coming out. But she says that when the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” came down on Sept. 20, she didn’t run out to tell everyone she was gay.

The moment, she said, “doesn’t even feel to me as I came out ... it was more about the recognition of family and that Tracey is in fact my family.”