I'm really not sure how to feel here.
On the one hand, I'm thrilled that it looks like the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military crap is finally going to go away. I know that it would be a huge step forward in the struggle for gay rights, and it would be absolutely wonderful for all the gays and lesbians currently enlisted or aspiring to enlist, but there's something I've always wondered.
My beloved gays and lesbians, why are you so eager to join an organization that clearly doesn't want you as a member? Why so gung-ho to defend a country that only 17 lousy years ago, under public pressure, finally started to warm up to the idea of even allowing you to join its military? Even still, it was under some bullshit, homophobic clause of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," or in other words, "We're Going To Stick Our Heads In The Sand And Pretend Gays Don't Exist And Force You To Lie About Who You Are On a Daily And Consistent Basis Otherwise Your Ass Is Fired." Basically, having your fundamental human (and don't forget Constitutional) rights trampled to death like that poor fucker on Black Friday a couple of years ago.
I say fuck 'em. You deserve better. And how well do we really think this is going to work here, people? Women STILL put up with truckloads of bullshit (and violence) in the military from these dumb fucks, a quick Google search just brought up hundreds of recent articles and websites. Does anyone really think it's going to be any better or safer for a gay man? Or a lesbian? Yeah, I can't wait for some fucking drunk, dumb-ass jarhead to get pissed off when some hot dyke refuses to fuck him. That's going to turn out really well, don't you think?
Yet, at the same time, I desperately, passionately want for all of my fellow human to be given complete and one hundred percent full and equal rights in the eyes of the law, and in the eyes of our hearts if at all possible. I feel this way, and I don't even fucking LIKE most of my fellow human beings. But as you know I love my gays and lesbians, very much, and I want what's best for them. I'm just not sure if the military is it. Although I'm not sure if the military is what's best for ANYONE, but we can get into that some other time.
Yes, I know this is about a fight for human rights, and it's about more than just joining the military. It's about acceptance and equality and fighting for gay rights, the only group left that it's still "OK" to discriminate against. And it's not exactly like there's a tidal wave of gays and lesbians breaking down the door to enlist.
But I kind of wish my gay boys would just stick to being design and theater majors, that way I can keep wearing nice clothes and enjoying Broadway shows. Is that wrong of me? Or am I just being selfish here?