December 21st, 2011
February 22nd, 2010
February 12th, 2010
Remember the major poll taken of enlisted personnel asking them if they felt like invading Iraq? The one that political leaders and military brass used to decide if they should pull the trigger or not? No, because there wasn’t one. Sure, the military takes the temperature of its troops to help ensure that whatever action its top-down command structure orders is carried out as effectively as possible. But only when it comes to the equal treatment of gays and lesbians does our country see fit to dole out rights to an oppressed minority by asking permission of the oppressing majority. Read the rest of this entry »
February 3rd, 2010
Watch the debate here.
January 21st, 2010
The American Library Association announced this week that “Unfriendly Fire” has won its prestigious Stonewall Book Award for non-fiction. Read more here.
November 6th, 2009
A reader helpfully reminded me today that I promised a follow-up post to my radio debate with James Bowman: a point-by-point refutation of Bowman’s failed attempt to revive the old “unit cohesion” argument against gay troops. I did write the post but posted it on Huffington, forgetting to cross-post here. So here is the link to that post, from Oct. 20. Thanks, Tony K. for the reminder!
October 24th, 2009
When I told people where I was going this weekend to address the student LGBTQA Center’s 7th annual dinner for LGBTQ History Month, everyone raised an eyebrow: “Nebraska??” In truth, I raised my own internal eyebrow Read the rest of this entry »
October 14th, 2009
Click on “listen” here. I debated James Bowman who, in a recent Weekly Standard article, argues that the U.S. should not lift the ban on openly gay service because it would undercut notions of masculine honor that ensure combat motivation and cohesion. He begins talking around the 15-minute mark and I begin around the 20-minute mark. Look for a forthcoming blog post where I’ll provide a point-by-point refutation of Bowman’s failed attempt to revive the old “unit cohesion” argument–moral animus dressed up in the banner of national security.