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Thursday, July 2, 2009

There's More Than One Way To Get Gays Out of the Military

Posted by Dan Savage on Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 10:28 AM

You can kick 'em out—like Obama is doing to Dan Choi—or you can kill 'em.

The body of Seaman August Provost of Houston, Texas, was discovered about 3:30 a.m. on the western edge of the base, said Doug Sayers, a spokesman for Navy Region Southwest.... The death has local gay activists calling for a formal investigation into whether Provost was slain because of his sexual orientation.

“While 'Don't ask, Don't tell' is in place, anybody in the military who is a homosexual has no place to go to get assistance or counseling,” said Ben Gomez of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, an advocacy group for gays in the military.

Provost's boyfriend, Kaether Cordero, said yesterday that Provost was openly gay but kept his private life quiet for the most part.... Provost had recently complained to his family that someone was harassing and bothering him, and they advised him to tell his supervisor, said his sister, Akalia.

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