GLAAD Urges Media to Spotlight Stories of Service Members As Filibuster Continues

September 21, 2010

Rich Ferraro
Director of Communications
(646) 871-8011

September 21, 2010, New York, NY – Today Senator John McCain successfully led a filibuster of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." 

"The current filibuster ignores the fact that an overwhelming majority of Americans support repealing this law which puts our country at risk by continuing to dismiss vital service members," said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.

"We urge media to focus on the stories of the brave gay and lesbian service members who serve with distinction along with the latest opinion research that shows a majority of Americans favor repealing the law. As Americans hear the stories of gay and lesbian troops, an overwhelming number have sided with equality. It's time for our lawmakers to listen to their constituents and the brave men and women who, despite their patriotism and service, are dismissed simply for being who they are."

A May Gallup poll found 70 percent of Americans support allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly.

A May CNN poll found 78 percent support for allowing open service.

A February ABC Poll showed 75 percent of Americans support allowing gay and lesbian service members who "do disclose" to serve in the military.

GLAAD's field and national news teams have been working alongside other advocacy organizations to illustrate how the law compromises national security and to elevate the voices of military personnel who have been hurt by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." GLAAD helped Sgt. Anthony Bustos tell his story to ABC World News Tonight, worked with former ROTC student Sara Isaacson who came out after refusing to compromise her integrity, and continues to focus on the story of former West Point Cadet Katherine Miller who left the military academy because she could not live a lie.

As media outlets continue to focus extensively on today's vote, GLAAD will closely monitor the reports to ensure fair, accurate and inclusive coverage.