Pentagon survey on DADT biased, derogatory
A copy of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell survey has been acquired by Servicemembers United, the United States’ largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans. The organization strongly condemns it for being “biased and derogatory.”
The organization believes that the “biased and derogatory design of the long-awaited Defense Department survey on issues related to the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.”
Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United, is a former U.S. Army interrogator who was discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He explains that the survey has an overwhelming focus on the negative aspects of the repeal, completely ignoring the positive impact the repeal could have.
Nicholson says that it is safe for gay and lesbian troops to participate in the survey, but that it is “simply impossible to imagine a survey with such derogatory and insulting wording, assumptions, and insinuations going out about any other minority group in the military.”
According to ABC News, Servicemembers United believes that the summary of the survey “implies that the repeal of this law will result in the open performance of ‘homosexual acts’ on duty and throughout the military,” which they believe is wrong and “highly inflammatory.”
View the full survey at servicemembersunited.org/survey (32-page PDF).
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