This week America and the LGBT community applauded the end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' with its full repeal going into effect on September 20, 2011. Celebrations were held across the country marking the end to this discriminatory, anti-LGBT law. The media covered this significant milestone with touching, personal stories – such as an active duty member of the military getting married at midnight in Vermont and a soldier who called his father from overseas to come out to him. These stories highlighted the voices of the men and women impacted by this discrimination.
On September 22, 2011, at a FOX News debate with the GOP Presidential candidates, one of those who had been impacted - a soldier serving in Iraq named Stephen Hill - asked a question via YouTube regarding 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'
Hill asked the candidates: "Do you plan to circumvent the progress that has been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?"
In a grotesque display of disrespect, Stephen Hill was loudly booed by members of the audience. The outright contempt for this soldier was never addressed by the debate's moderators or any of the candidates, and it was largely ignored by much of the mainstream media coverage of the debate until it hit the blogs this morning.
We want to show Stephen that we stand with him, and with all the men and women who can now serve their country proudly and openly. Send a message of support that we will share with Stephen and the countless others who had been hurt by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."