Servicemembers United lauches Military Partners initiative
An anti-Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell group has started a new website aimed at helping a population it says is vastly under-served … the partners of gays in the military.
Servicemembers United on Tuesday announced the launch of “Military-Partners-dot-org” and the “Campaign for Military Partners” initiative. Executive Director Alex Nicholson said because gay, lesbian and bi soldiers have to serve in silence, their partners must be silent too – and feel disconnected from others like them.
Nicholson: “The one thing that we’ve heard consistently from military partners who have reached out to us time and again is “I don’t know anyone else in my situation. I don’t know anybody else who has to go through this. I go through this alone, and I’m completely isolated. Please help me find someone who has been through this before, who is going through this now, and who knows what it’s like to go through what I’m going through.'”
Nicholson said the users will be the key to the site’s success.
Nicholson: We really hope the militarypartners.org website will turn into a place where users generate their own content based on their own interests and things that they want to talk about, and the information they want to put out there – as well as the information they want to receive back, so it essentially becomes a social networking hub for the partners of gay and lesbian military personnel.
Nicholson said even the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell won’t solve many of the problems faced by gay partners of military personnel … like the lack of benefits, and the lack of notification of important news … because the Defense of Marriage Act would still prevent them from being recognized as spouses.