A Queer Commentary on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Note: The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is being celebrated by many in the gay community as a major milestone. While any policy that demonizes queer people should be eliminated, our analysis needs to go deeper than mere exclusion to ask ourselves why would a queer person want to serve in the US military in the first place. Our comrade queerartist at A Few Queers on the prowl articulates extremely well the queer critique of DADT repeal:

“Not every boy wants to kill. Not every girl either.

Not everyone wants to drop gay bombs, No bombs today, we say.
Bombs away, bombs away blow them all away. No not ever for many of us.

Blood on our hands we say NO!

Not all of us wish to serve in any manner shape or form in the imperialist army of Uncle Scam.

We dream no matter how differently of a new life, a new way, one that has no room for armies of any kind.
One that has no gay bombs which kill just as dead as any other.

WE PLANT FLOWERS OF PEACE THAT IS OUR GOAL.

SPREAD THE WORD.

WE HAVE NO DESIRE TO KILL FOR PEACE

WE HAVE NO DESIRE TO WOUND FOR PEACE

WE HAVE NO DESIRE TO DROP PINK BOMBS THEY HURT JUST THE SAME.

WE HAVE NO DESIRE TO PUSH THE BUTTON AND LET THE BIG ONE GO.”

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