It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

A lot of bad news out there…

SO, I turn, as I so often do these days, to the one steady supply of good news: America’s LGBTQ community.


President Barack Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 during a ceremony at the Interior Department in Washington, D.C., Dec. 22, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama has put his signature to certification of the repeal of the military’s anti-gay “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which means that the ban on openly gay and lesbian members of the U.S. military officially ends in 60 days, or on Sept. 20.

“Today, we have taken the final major step toward ending the discriminatory ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ law that undermines our military readiness and violates American principles of fairness and equality,” the president said today after signing the repeal certification, adding that he had indeed “certified and notified Congress that the requirements for repeal have been met.”

The president continued, “As Commander in Chief, I have always been confident that our dedicated men and women in uniform would transition to a new policy in an orderly manner that preserves unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and military effectiveness. … Our military will no longer be deprived of the talents and skills of patriotic Americans just because they happen to be gay or lesbian.”

Obama also praised “our civilian and military leadership for moving forward in the careful and deliberate manner that this change requires, especially with our nation at war.”

That will make for a lovely birthday present, thank you very much US Congress and President Obama! When I wake up on my birthday on September 21, America will be one nice, big step closer to perfecting our union.

And thank you, LGBTQ community, for continuing to fight for that greater perfection. Your straight brothers and sisters owe you a debt of gratitude — and not just because you’re the only folks who deliver good news anymore.


  1. dmf

     /  July 22, 2011

    for fridays and for every season turn turn:

    My mother, who hates thunder storms,
    Holds up each summer day and shakes
    It out suspiciously, lest swarms
    Of grape-dark clouds are lurking there;
    But when the August weather breaks
    And rains begin, and brittle frost
    Sharpens the bird-abandoned air,
    Her worried summer look is lost,

    And I her son, though summer-born
    And summer-loving, none the less
    Am easier when the leaves are gone
    Too often summer days appear
    Emblems of perfect happiness
    I can’t confront: I must await
    A time less bold, less rich, less clear:
    An autumn more appropriate.

    “Mother, Summer, I” by Philip Larkin

  2. Lise

     /  July 23, 2011

    Hard to follow Phillip Larkin’s beautiful poem (thanks, dmf). I’ll just say – as one who lived through the days when DADT was pitched as “better” than what we had before, I am very glad to be done wasting our millions of dollars and human decency on that BS. Let’s be Americans together, and turn our attention to where it’s truly needed. Oh, can we stop this “protection of marriage” crap, too?

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