Arabic-speaking linguist, Dan Choi, dismissed from Army National Guard due to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Rachel Maddow talks to Dan Choi, Joe Sestak on Don't Ask, Don't Tell [10:11].
Obama sends handwritten letter to gay soldier ousted from the military promising to repeal DADT.
CNN Reports: Gay Issues Closing In On President Obama [10:01]
"'Outrage' is less an analysis of the practice of outing closeted public officials than a defense of it, an argument that the dignity and full citizenship of gay men and lesbians are undermined by an unspoken pact of secrecy.
This idea has been a foundation of gay politics for a long time: a clip at the end of 'Outrage' shows Harvey Milk, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors more than 30 years ago, insisting that coming out was central to the project of gay civil rights. And Mr. Dick’s film often works less as an exposé of current injustice than as a historical essay, looking back in particular on the 1980s, when AIDS made candor and visibility matters of survival for many gay men and when resistance to gay rights began to emerge as an organizing principle for conservatives in the Republican Party."
"Somewhere in Des Moines or San Antonio there is a young gay person who all the sudden realizes that he or she is gay; knows that if their parents find out they will be tossed out of the house, their classmates will taunt the child, and the Anita Bryant's and John Briggs' are doing their part on TV. And that child has several options: staying in the closet, and suicide. And then one day that child might open the paper that says 'Homosexual elected in San Francisco' and there are two new options: the option is to go to California, or stay in San Antonio and fight. Two days after I was elected I got a phone call and the voice was quite young. It was from Altoona, Pennsylvania. And the person said 'Thanks.' And you've got to elect gay people, so that thousand upon thousands like that child know that there is hope for a better world; there is hope for a better tomorrow. Without hope, not only gays, but those who are blacks, the Asians, the disabled, the seniors, the us's: without hope the us's give up. I know that you can't live on hope alone, but without it, life is not worth living. And you, and you, and you, and you have got to give them hope."
"I was surprised at how few people are aware of this issue. For audiences who are outside the political spectrum, if you will, it is just such a revelation. The gay press has been writing about this, and actually demanding the mainstream media cover this, for years. So people are surprised because mainstream media has stayed away from the subject. And by staying away from it, they perpetuate the closet and the damage that the closet causes. One of the objectives of my film is that, in 20 years, the closet will no longer be a factor in American politics."
"All the law and policymakers identified have previously been 'outed' in print or online, but most either deny being gay or simply decline to comment on privacy grounds."
"One of the more interesting questions 'Outrage' raises is why the mainstream media, so eager to cover every aspect of scandals like presidential candidate John Edwards' extramarital affair, don't follow up when the gay media do this kind of sexual outing. The consensus is that a kind of squeamishness about gay sexuality is a factor, perhaps the last vestiges of an 'is it anyone's business?' feeling that has disappeared from the media's dealings with the heterosexual world."*
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