We’ve seen the derogatory surveys. We just heard the derisive comments from a top Pentagon official about separate facilities. But, there’s finally a bit of welcome news coming from the Pentagon Working Group. Partners of active duty troops will get to provide some input on September 16th.
Via press release from Servicemembers United:
Servicemembers United, the nation’s largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, announced today that the leadership and staff of the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Review Working Group on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will meet with a group of lesbian and gay military partners during Servicemembers United’s Military Partners Forum on September 16, 2010. The meeting will be a first of its kind for both the Pentagon and for the military partner community.
“We are honored to be able to facilitate this meeting between the partners of active duty lesbian and gay troops and the leadership and staff of the Comprehensive Review Working Group,” said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United. “The plight of military partners is something that Servicemembers United has led the way on with our Campaign for Military Partners, and we have been pushing for partner input into the review process for quite some time. We are glad that the Pentagon recognizes the value of input from these silent heroes.”
The Campaign for Military Partners was launched by Servicemembers United in 2009 to reach out to, recognize, connect, and support the partners of LGBT military personnel. The online hub for this initiative, www.MilitaryPartners.org, was launched in the spring of 2010.