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Coming out of the shadows
As the process of
repealing DADT nears
its end, some gay
discharged under the
policy are considering the
possibility of re-enlisting
DAVID TAFFFT I Staff Writer
Since the military's "don't ask, don't
tell" policy — prohibiting gays and
lesbians from serving openly
in the U.S. military —
was first enacted in
1993, more than
14,000 men and
women have been
cording to the Government Accounting Office.
Now that the policy has been repealed by
Congress, in a vote last December, and since
that repeal has been certified by the Pentagon
and President Obama, some of those gay and
lesbian former servicemembers plan to re-en-
DADT repeal will be complete Sept. 20, 60
days after the president, Secretary of Defense
Leon Panetta and the Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff signed the certification of repeal.
Of those discharged under DADT, 2,215
were in critical positions, according to the G AO
which, in its latest report, estimated that each
dismissal cost the government f52,100. That's
a total of about three-quarters of a billion dol-
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network es-
timates the actual cost of each dismissal was
But there is more to these discharges than
numbers and politics . Behind each one is a very
personal story of a life that suddenly veered in
a new and unexpected direction.
Michael Moore graduated from Seagoville
High School a year early then enlisted in the Air
Force in 2004 at the age of 17. He was 19 and sta-
tioned in Germany when he began to come out.
And technically he did tell.
"1 told one person," he said.
During his coming-out process^ Moore ap-
proached a supervisor in another department
and asked her what would happen if he came
"The next morning, she came up and told me
she was going to report it," he said.
Moore said his sergeant called him in and
yelled at him, then they sent him to counseling.
"They were afraid 1 was going to commit
suicide. They were concerned because I was
going career," Moore said.
But he knew the concern wasn't for him and
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