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Anniversary of repeal - "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Photo: Shaun Knittel for Outserve Magazine

September 20 marks one year since the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," the US law that required gay and lesbian military personnel to hide their sexuality and live in fear of losing their jobs.

A report released last week by the Palm Centre concluded that the "new policy of open service has had no overall negative impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, recruitment, retention or morale," according to the Huffington Post.

A look at the US military one year following repeal, and the support for gay and lesbian military personnel will no doubt feature at the Outserve International Leadership conference to be held October 25 - 28 in Orlando Florida.  Warrant Officer Stuart O'Brien, the founder of DEFGLIS will represent the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Defence Force at the conference.  Registration for the conference is available via the Outserve Website. 

Read the full story and more stories about the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," visit Outserve Magazine.

The Palm Centre report is available at:  http://www.palmcenter.org/files/One Year Out_0.pdf

About the Author - Shaun Knittel

Shaun Knittel is an openly gay journalist living in Seattle, WA. He spent 10 years working in U.S. Navy public affairs and is a veteran of the Iraq war and war on terror. His work as a writer, editor, and photographer has appeared in noiZe Magazine, OutMilitary.com Blog, EDGE Media Network, Rising Republic Magazine, Star & Stripes, and more. Knittel currently serves as the Associate Editor for Seattle Gay News, Seattle's LGBT News & Entertainment weekly, and as the News Editor at OutServe Magazine. See more from this contributor.