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 Random.org
- 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. ;)