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SLDN December Newsletter

Let’s be frank. We expected more movement this year from Washington on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Still, 2009 was the best building year for the repeal effort – ever, notwithstanding that we had to push a bit to get the White House’s attention on repeal, and we are still pushing in the Senate.

Batwoman Pulls the Mask off DADT

For those of us who have never read a comic book, it may be a surprise to learn that Batwoman is a lesbian. Her character came out in 2006. Now, writers of the “Detective Comics” series are using Batwoman to show how DADT makes life harder for our service members.

Californians Against Hate opens San Diego office

Fred Karger cut the ribbon earlier this week, or rather the caution tape, to officially open their first real office in the 301 University building.

Successful Open Service Requires Leadership

Allowing open gays in the services will lead to mass resignations, a downturn in recruitment and damage to readiness by destroying unit cohesion. Sound familiar?

"No Doubt” Forces Stretched Too Thin

“There's no doubt that there has been for many, many years a strain on our forces; that that strain has caused repeated tours,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs recently when asked if Secretary Gates will reduce discharges under DADT.

Happy Holidays Mr. President, from our family to yours

Today Equality California joins fellow national and local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) family groups throughout the country in launching the From Our Family to Yours Campaign. In addition to spreading holiday cheer, the campaign will increase visibility and awareness about the need for federal protections for the LGBT community.

New Military Times poll results may present a highly unfavorable view of gays in the military

A new poll of subscribers to the various Military Times publications (e.g., Army Times, Navy Times, etc.) may have enough selection bias and negatively biased questions toward gays serving in the military that it will likely provide support for those who do not want “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) repealed.