Giving ground to his political opponents, President Clinton authorized the Pentagon today to continue its ban on homosexuals for six months with little practical change while the Defense Department drafts an executive order to lift the prohibition. After days of negotiation and rancor in the military and Congress, Mr. Clinton temporarily suspended the formal discharge of homosexuals from the military and announced that new recruits would no longer be asked if they are homosexuals. He ordered the Pentagon to produce an order for him to sign by July Victory for Senator Nunn. In the meantime, the military will continue discharge proceedings against avowed homosexuals or those it believes to be gay.
Tell: An Intimate History of Gay Men in the Military
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Elected officials and Pentagon leaders have tended to focus on the thousands of women who have been preyed upon while in uniform. But over the years, more of the victims have been men. On average, about 10, men are sexually assaulted in the American military each year, according to Pentagon statistics. Overwhelmingly, the victims are young and low-ranking. Many struggle afterward, are kicked out of the military and have trouble finding their footing in civilian life. For decades, the fallout from the vast majority of male sexual assaults in uniform was silence: Silence of victims too humiliated to report the crime, silence of authorities unequipped to pursue it, silence of commands that believed no problem existed, and silence of families too ashamed to protest. Women face a much higher rate of sexual assault in the military — about seven times that of men.
Murder of Barry Winchell
The lifting of the military's policy of "don't ask, don't tell," the ban on "out" gays serving, is now all but certain. All but certain, too, is that the military will make the same morale-busting mistakes with the integration of openly gay service members that it has made with the integration of women. This will make an already difficult situation far worse.
He was killed by a fellow soldier for dating a transgender woman, Calpernia Addams. The murder became a point of reference in the ongoing debate about the policy known as " Don't ask, don't tell ", which did not allow U. While stationed there, he received a Dear John letter from his high school sweetheart. Winchell later accompanied his roommate, Spc.