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Posted on Jan 14, 2002 Print this Article

ARMY COMIC BOOK MISREPRESENTS LAW ON GAYS IN THE MILITARY

The Army has issued a comic book-style guide for soldiers that purports to "clarify" the rules for reporting prohibited homosexual conduct, and for refraining from harassing suspected homosexuals. Titled "Dignity and Respect: A Training Guide on Homosexual Conduct Policy," the full-color 30-page pamphlet contains scenes of soldiers encountering situations involving persons who reveal their homosexuality, or are suspected of being gay. Rather than clarifying the terms of the 1993 law that excludes homosexuals from the military, the comic book conveys the false impression that homosexuals are eligible to serve in the military, provided that they do not admit that they are homosexuals. (Go to CMR Notes, Jan. 2000, for information on why this premise is false.) Although the "Dignity and Respect" comic book was initiated during the previous administration, it was published and distributed to Army personnel on May 2, 2001. CMR President Elaine Donnelly has met with Bush Administration officials to request that the comic book be recalled immediately. Instead, all military personnel should be provided with the actual language and legislative history of the law passed in 1993 with overwhelming, bi-partisan majorities in both houses of Congress.The Army has issued a comic book-style guide for soldiers that purports to "clarify" the rules for reporting prohibited homosexual conduct, and for refraining from harassing suspected homosexuals. Titled "Dignity and Respect: A Training Guide on Homosexual Conduct Policy," the full-color 30-page pamphlet contains scenes of soldiers encountering situations involving persons who reveal their homosexuality, or are suspected of being gay. Rather than clarifying the terms of the 1993 law that excludes homosexuals from the military, the comic book conveys the false impression that homosexuals are eligible to serve in the military, provided that they do not admit that they are homosexuals.
Posted on Jan 14, 2002 Print this Article