Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Families on the Frontlines: Voices Against the Ban

As Congress prepares to convene its first-ever hearings on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," PFLAG families and supporters are preparing to speak out against the federal ban on open service.

In the coming days, we'll be featuring stories, here on the PFLAG blog, from members of the PFLAG family who have been impacted by this unnecessary and un-American law. Among those who will be sharing their stories here on the PFLAG blog are:

A heterosexual military commander, speaking out about why the ban hurts our families by hurting military readiness;

A lesbian Army recruiter, dismissed under the law, who will write about how "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" impacts same-sex couples;

A transgender veteran, who will share insights on how the law affects transgender and gender non-conforming personnel;

A Navy veteran, discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," who talks about why the upcoming hearings are so important to him personally;

A veteran, and father, who will blog about how his views of the ban evolved after having a gay child; and

One very special military mom, who will share her story of having an openly gay son serving inside the war zone in Iraq . . . and share her advice and words of encouragement for other military moms and dads.

Be sure to check back here at the PFLAG blog as we kick-off Families on the Frontlines and share the voices and stories of our family and friends who are working to lift the ban.