Saturday, January 1, 2011

Poster of the Week

Out Against the War
Anticapitalist Asspirates/Asspirateurs Anticapitalistes
Digital Print, 2005
Montreal, Canada

“Don't Ask Don't Tell” Repealed

On 22 December 2010, President Barack Obama signed landmark legislation allowing openly gay people to serve in the military. Don't Ask Don't Tell, which barred gay people in the military from revealing their sexual orientation, had been in effect since President Bill Clinton introduced it as a compromise measure in 1993. Prior to DADT, lesbian and gay service members had been court-martialed, imprisoned, dishonorably discharged, and/or committed to military hospitals.

As many uncritically celebrate the repeal of DADT, CSPG’s Poster-of-the-Week focuses on a much less publicized perspective which objects to anyone joining the military to fight unjust imperial wars.

In October 2010, Amy Goodman of hosted an important debate between Lt. Dan Choi, Iraqi War veteran who was discharged after coming out in 2009 on The Rachel Maddow Show, and queer anti-war activist and writer Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. Celebrating the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, Sycamore says, only makes progressive movements in the U.S. complicit with American wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The program raised the question: Should the queer rights movement have been focused on repealing the Don't Ask Don't Tell law? Did Opposing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Bolster U.S. Militarism?

To see this debate:

Out Against the War is also featured in CSPG’s newest exhibition, Out of the Closet & Into the Street: Posters on LGBTQ Struggles and Celebrations which can be seen on our website:

Additional reading:

Following the repeal of DADT, Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink: Women for Peace, wrote :“To the LGBT Community: Now That You Can Join the Military, Please Don't!”

May the New Year Bring us Closer to Peace with Justice

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