By David Small, Editor-in-Chief
As a reservist, I’ve not pulled duty since repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), until this August. When I shaved my beard and donned my uniform, I suddenly realized it was the first time I put it on as an out, gay man, almost a year after repeal. So, on the eve of most folks’ anniversary of repeal,
July has been an exciting—and busy—month for LGBT military professionals. We marched openly in gay Pride parades around the country. Our Secretary of Defense publicly thanked us for our decades of military service. Our President invited us to the White House to celebrate the proclaimed Pride month. With the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” came a new era of openness, integrity, and immense pride in our service.
As we transition to a post-repeal environment where Gays and Lesbians can openly serve side-by-side with their colleagues, it seems important to us here at the Magazine to describe where we see the future of both OutServe Magazine and our sister organizations moving forward. At our first OutServe Armed Forces Leadership Summit in Las Vegas this past October, many readers asked: “How does the Magazine plan to stay relevant now that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) is gone?” It is an important question and something I’d like to address.
Well, the day we have all been waiting for is finally upon us.When we started this magazine back in March of this year, our main goal was to be a source of outreach and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender troops in the military — a group that often feels like there is no one to turn to in times of need. We both knew when we started this magazine that we were just the latest two people among a long line of fellow patriots who have blazed a path before us. Throughout the tumultuous year of 2010, when it seemed like DADT would never come up for a full vote in the United States Senate, we would often console one another with the hope that one day, we would be able to tell our stories without shame, fear, and most importantly, discharge.