In November the IUPUI Campus Center Cultural Gallery is highlighting “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”.
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was the official United States policy on military services by gays, bisexuals, and lesbians instituted by the Clinton Administration on February 28, 1994, lasting until September 20, 2011, the policy prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members or applicants, while barring openly gay, lesbian or bisexual persons from military service. This act prohibited any homosexual or bisexual person from disclosing their sexual orientation or from speaking about any homosexual relationships, including marriages or other familial attributes, while serving in the United States armed forces. The act specified that service members who disclose that they are homosexual or engage in homosexual conduct should be separated (discharged) except when a service member’s conduct was “for the purpose of avoiding or terminating military service” or when it “would not be in the best interest of the armed forces.” President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen sent a certification to Congress on July 22, 2011, which set the end of DADT on September 20, 2011.
The exhibit, sponsored by the IUPUI Office for Veterans and Military Personnel, explores the complex history of LGBTQ+ service members. We encourage you to visit the gallery this month and see for yourself!
To learn even more about this historical event come to our movie screening of “The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on November 19th in UC 101 at 12pm.