San Diego's Channel 6 has reported that a unnamed suspect is being held in connection with the death of a young sailor, August Provost of Houston, Texas.  Homocide is suspected, although a final determination will not be made until the an autopsy is concluded.

Citing unnamed sources with access to a report on the seaman's death, Gomez said Provost was killed during an argument with another sailor over the victim's sexual orientation.

I'm so furious and frustrated at this point. 

Obama, Congress & the Pentagon must support begin to support the troops. They must stop making excuses and make new policy.

Gay people have served in the military since its inception and will continue to do so. But now, they must live in fear, as other troops harass, bully and in this case, kill them. "Don't ask, don't tell" only serves to affirm homophobes position that gay people don't belong in the military and gives them carte blanche to "discipline" them as they see fit with no fear of reprisal. Gay troops seeking recourse from this harassment, will torpedo their own careers.

The situation is untenable. It is time for Obama, Congress & the Pentagon to stand behind men like August Provost, Dan Choi, Victor Fehrenbach and thousands of others and say, "You have a right to serve with pride, and with the full support of Congress, the White House, the Pentagon and the American People. You are an equally valued member of our national security apparatus and no more expendable than any other soldier."

They must stop making excuses and start making policy. Lives are being lost.

Updated to add this point: there is a tendency in our society to blame the victim. Rather than blame the bullies, public opinion may swing to blame Provost. After all, "he was gay in a gay-hostile environment, what did he expect?" These incident are why gays don't belong.
 
Our jobour call to action–is to not let that talking point be made or repeated. There can be no argument, DADT condones and reinforces an environment of hostility. There are unconfirmed reports Provost had been harassed before. Of course, reporting such harassment all but guarantees a DADT investigation and ultimately discharge. Gay men and women in the military have no recourse under DADT.

We need to stay on our leaders to stand with LT Dan Choi, LT CL Victor Fehrenbach, and Provost, not the side of condoning bigotry, hatred and murderer.

 

San Diego's Channel 6 has reported that a unnamed suspect is being held in connection with the death of a young sailor, August Provost of Houston, Texas.  Homocide is suspected, although a final determination will not be made until the an autopsy is concluded.

Citing unnamed sources with access to a report on the seaman's death, Gomez said Provost was killed during an argument with another sailor over the victim's sexual orientation.

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