Thursday, September 15, 2011

Guest Blog and Giveaway: Rhianon Etzweiler - Celebrating a step forward: the Death of DADT

Visiting my Place today is the fabulous Rhinanon Etzweiler, here to talk about the repeal of DADT and celebrate with a giveaway of one of my current faves, Dark Edge of Honor.

Oh, and there is swag. Beautimus cover flats... with Sergei's lickable neck. ;)


Now, here's me, stepping aside to give the Place over to Rhi.

Welcome back m'dear, thanks so much for coming. :)


Celebrating a step forward: the Death of DADT

“DADT” is the military acronym for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a policy instated by President Bill Clinton in 1993. It was a compromise between his campaign promises and legislative opposition—he’d vocally supported the rights of gays and lesbians to serve their country openly in the Armed Forces. Once in office, however, Clinton met with strong resistance from Congress, and DADT was the result.

Since their inception, the military branches of the United States have employed a stance that such tendencies were “wrong, …evil, and to be branded as such.” Before 1993, it was permissible to bluntly inquire about the sexuality of any individual wanting to enlist. The Department of Defense went so far as to enact an official policy in 1982 (DOD Directive 1332.14) stating that homosexuality was “clearly incompatible with military service.” Proof—or strong suspicion—of homosexuality resulted in a dishonorable or “undesirable” discharge.

In light of that perspective, the policy was a small step in the right direction. Congress tried to rush the DOD policy into federal law to block Clinton’s promised intentions, and it was from that legislative struggle that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue” was actually born. Since its inception, over 13,000 soldiers have been discharged under the policy, though the annual numbers dropped sharply after 2001. (Surely, the socio-cultural implications of that statistical anomaly could fuel a thesis for a PhD.)

The military has always been slower to adopt change than the society of the nation it serves, protects, and defends. There are a number of reasons for that—the greatest being that stability within the community of the Armed Forces is a requisite, and the only truly stable change is that which is adopted slowly. Aircraft carriers can’t turn on a dime. Neither can an M1 Abrams tank. Nor does any branch of the military.

Thus, when Obama signed the legislation that rang the death tolls for DADT in December of 2010, the process and steps leading to its ultimate retraction were extensive. Thorough sensitivity and awareness training for every uniformed member of the service—carried out on a global scale, considering current deployment locations and numbers. Completion of the training had to be confirmed by the Joint Chiefs and the Commander in Chief. And then a sixty-day waiting period.

As of September 20th, that waiting period will expire and DADT will officially pass into the annals of history. There still remain some hurdles to be overcome, but this is a step forward. A large one, and worth celebrating.

So to celebrate, we’re holding a giveaway!

The winner will be selected at random and will receive an e-book copy of the military sci-fi gay romance “Dark Edge of Honor.”

To enter, comment with your email address and share your thoughts about this policy. Do you know someone who’s currently serving and has been affected by it? Names aren’t necessary, but we’d love to hear your stories.

Dark Edge of Honor by Aleksandr Voinov and Rhianon Etzweiler

Blurb: A gay sci-fi military novel co-written with Rhianon Etzweiler. Under contract from Carina Press and due out on 15 August 2011.
Sergei Stolkov is a faithful officer, though his deepest desires go against the Doctrine. A captain with the invading Coalition forces, he believes that self-sacrifice is the most heroic act and his own needs are only valid if they serve the state.
Mike, an operative planted within Cirokko's rebels, has been ordered to seduce Sergei and pry from him the Coalition's military secrets. His mission is a success, but as he captures Sergei's heart, Mike is tempted by his own charade and falls in love.When the hostile natives of the planet Cirokko make their move, all seems lost. Can Mike and Sergei survive when the Coalition's internal affairs division takes an interest in what happened in the dusty mountains of Zasidka Pass...? 

The fine details...
  • Giveaway is for eBook copy of Dark Edge of Honor.
  • Contest closes 9:00PM PST, Sept. 21st, 2011
  • To enter, leave a comment on this post.
  • Please include a valid email address or I won’t know where to contact you.
  • Winners will be selected using
  • If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
  • Contest is open to worldwide.  

Updated: 2nd giveaway of beautimus cover flats. Same drill as above.

Mmmmm... *lick* ... can't help it. Not sorry. ;)

Later taters!


  1. please count me in Amara! that DADT policy had been around for ages. glad to know it's almost over but Rhi's right. there's still a lot of challenges ahead.

    thanks for hosting! c",)


  2. @aobibliophile Thanks for stopping by! I think one of the greatest challenges still ahead is DOMA.

    *waves* Hey, Amara! Thanks for letting me steal the stage and stand on my soapbox for a bit. =D

    Don't you just love that mag cover? It rocks hardcore \o/

  3. Oh Please count me in!
    This was informative, Thanks Rhianon!

  4. I don't know anyone currently affected, but I'm glad it's gone!

  5. Don't count me in, as I already have a copy *licks cover*

    I'm glad you posted all that history and updated information, as I live under a rock and don't know what's going on outside my window (cars!), much less the country. Some say I'm a bad American. I say I'm lazy.

    I don't know anyone affected by DADT, but I'm still glad it's going, going, (gone?). Though, on a side note, I think in some/most states it's still not illegal to fire someone for their sexual orientation, unlike race, sex, etc.

  6. Yeah for the end of DADT! Please count me in for the giveaway.

  7. I don't know anyone currently serving that has been affected by DADT.

  8. I don't know anyone who was affected by the DADT policy, but the only military people I really know are my cousin and some of his friends. I am glad to know that that stupid policy is going away.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  9. @Alex: *waves, and licks along with you* Not only that, but there's still an active ban from service for transgenders. That aspect seemed to get swept under the rug, like it's unspoken agreement that it should remain on the books. Annoys me. *lol*

    @Mia_Love: You're welcome, I'm always glad to share a little information with others.

    @jayhjay: Absolutely! Need an email address, though, so we can send it if you win =D

    @adare o'hare: I'm very, very glad it's gone :) Did you want to enter the giveaway?

  10. *waves* Hi everyone!

    @aobibliophile: Counted m'dear! Yeah, agreed, challenges ahead to be sure.

    @Rhi: *waves* Hey you! My blog is your blog m'dear. I'm glad you're here. :D Yeah, cover rocks. Nice find. ;)

    @Mia: Hi honey. You're counted in. :)

    @Alex: I'm counting you in. Lickable cover flats darlin', lickable cover flats ;) Yeah, I think you're right about the firing. We just changed the law here I believe, hasn't been that long. I think there's still quite a few states. Breaks my heart.

    #jayhjay: YAAAAY!!

    @Leni: Thanks for coming by. :)

    @June: Me too.

    @Rhi: :-p

    Thanks for coming by everyone. I hope you all had a great day! :D :D

  11. @Rhi I guess it's a matter of baby steps and Trans* are harder for people to wrap their heads around. (Not excusing it, just saying.)

    @Amara I'm pretty sure it's still not illegal in my state. My Internship class in college made a point of telling us. (Well we WERE a liberal arts college :)

  12. Is it the 20th yet? I can't even begin to count or know the exact # of friends who have served / are serving in the armed forces who are gay. Being a military brat, ROTC member, and Ex-Spouse - it wasn't talked about in the "dark ages". Not that it's that much more open today. Heres hoping that the future is brighter for those serving now. One friend in particular was a Marine Combat medic in Vietman - he did his time and got out and is leading a very happy, quiet life in a small town in the mid-west where he and his partner of 25+ years are accepted, without rancor.


  13. I don't know anyone in the military who's been affected by DADT but I'm very glad it's been repealed! Anyone who's willing to fight and die for us should be allowed to serve, no matter their orientation.

    smaccall AT

  14. Please count me in! As an Aussie, I don't know anyone affected by DADT - here gays & lesbians have been serving openly since the 1990's. (just wish civil rights including marriage & adoption would catch up - very slow here...) That said, I imagine tomorrow will be an emotional time for many...


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  16. I don't know anyone directly who is impacted by this but gays and lesbians have been serving for years and they have laid down their lives like all other military folks.

    My pain concern is that they are treated fairly and with respect as human beings by they fellow comrades.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  17. @BookLover62 Thanks so much for sharing that. I like happy endings. :)

    @Bookwyrm369 Absolutely! Next on the agenda for the Evol Plot To Take Over The World, the DOD policy that makes trans* unfit for service. Good luck in the drawing!

    @SueM I agree, there are still many obstacles lying in the way of total equality. Every victory, no matter how small, is progress and worth celebrating! =)

    @Tracey I hope you enjoy it! And fingers crossed that you win a free copy. ;)

  18. ~ CLOSED ~

    Congrats to all the winners!

    Thanks everyone for coming to play giveaway with me.

    Uber thanks to Rhi. You rock my socks. :)



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