Monday, August 08, 2005

Military Personnel Outed Online Discharged

(Link) Bored with witch hunts at the softball games, the Inquisition goes online. Do we need new secret buzzwords to protect the grrls who are protecting our country?

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LNewsEditor said...

JIC Post:
From Rainbow Network

A guide has been issued to gay military personnel using online profiles as more service members are discharged under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy after being 'outed' online.

Since January the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network has assisted ten service members facing discharge for online profiles.

The online outing cases represent 25 percent of the organization's total outings so far in 2005.

The media first began reporting in May 2004 that service members were being targeted for online profiles. The ten additional cases reported this week include a Farsi linguist, a doctor, an intelligence analyst and a communications officer.

According to SLDN, three of the ten have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, including Jeff Howe, an Army artilleryman who served two tours of duty in Iraq before being outed by a profile posted on a Colorado based gay chat site.

SLDN has now partnered with other gay organisations to release precautions for service members using online sites.

Service members should not, the organization warns, access such sites using a military computer, post photos in online profiles or use terminology which may reveal that the poster is a service member.

“Being identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual in an online profile is 'telling',” said SLDN executive director C. Dixon Osburn.

“Many service members assume they are safe by using online sites, but that unfortunately is not true. Being out to anyone, at anytime, and anywhere can mean the end of a military career."

Guidelines for service members using online sites are posted at Service members with questions regarding online sites should also contact SLDN for free, confidential legal counselling at, or by phone at 202-328-FAIR.