Friday, November 17, 2006

A Pretty Dubious Step...

...but a step nonetheless, I suppose. Recently, the Pentagon has removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses and placed it on a much more subjective list of behaviors that still warrant military discharge. Now, given that the mental health field has disregarded homosexuality as a disease for 30+ years, this seems like a step in the right direction. However, the list also includes such behavior as stuttering, sleepwalking and, you guessed it, motion sickness. Officially, it's not "wrong" to be gay then, but it's still a dischargable issue either because all the "gayness" is so distracting, or the tents have become too fabulous for the stodgy old seargents. Does altering this list change anything, or is it just pandering and double-speak to keep discrimination alive.

Y'know, according to the article, 726 members of the military were discharged for being openly gay in this last fiscal year. For all the warmongers out there, your military is depleted right? You could have 726 more warm bodies willing to die for your war if only the thought of fighting alongside a gay man wasn't so icky to you.