I took an oath when I enlisted in the U.S.
Navy; I did this even before I was issued a uniform.
I, Larry Sheldon Whitt, do solemnly swear (or
affirm) that I will support and defend the
Constitution of the United States against all
enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true
faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will
obey the orders of the President of the United
States and the orders of the officers appointed over
The foreign enemies are easy to see, they are the
counties that would attack our soil. The terrorist
that threaten our very way of life, we are in a war
on terrorism right now today in this country.
The domestic enemies are more subdued, but they are
very real and need to be fought with every thing we
have. They are discrimination, injustice, prejudice
and denying any American the right to life free and
Equal. It is when some group stands to keep all
Americans from having the rights to Life, Liberty
and the pursuit of happiness. You have heard it
said “Once a Marine, Always a Marine” the same holds
true for Sailors, Airmen, and Soldiers. We do not
stop being American fighting men just because we are
discharged from the service at the end of our
enlistment. I have been contacted by American
servicemen on active duty who cannot speak up for
fear of being discharged. I have told them to hang
in there, they are fighting to keep us Free, and we
are out here fighting to keep them in the service
and free from discrimination.
On April 20th 2010, I along with others,
handcuffed myself to the White House fence to
demonstrate the urgency of repealing DADT now,
The protest at the White House was very diverse; we
1 Gay Army Lt.: Dan Choi
1 Gay Army Capt.: Jim Pietrangelo II
1 Gay Navy First Class Petty Officer: Larry Sheldon
1 Transgender Navy First Class Petty Officer: Autumn Sandeen
1 Lesbian U.S. Marine Corp: .Cpl. Evelyn Thomas
1 Lesbian U. S. Air Force Cadet Cadet Mara Boyd.
We stood in solidarity with dignity and pride united
for the past, present and future military who are in
the GLBT community.
All Americans must be made to understand this is a
civil rights issue and we must take action now. We
encourage all American to stand up for what is right
to help gain equality for all Americans.
Many people of all communities think that the Repeal
of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a “Done Deal”, IT IS
NOT!!! I call on all American’s, GLBT, straight and
People of Color, to come together and take a stand
to hold President Obama to his word.
Insiders have already hinted that the repeal of DADT
will not, I said NOT happen in 2010.
We the GLBT community must ask ourselves if not in
2010, then When?????
We must write to President Obama and tell him to put
the wording in the Defense Authorization Bill to
Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Right NOW. If he does
not thousands more GLBT service members will be
discharged under DADT.
The American people, the Government and the GLBT
people will never get Equality and Dignity Restored
unless it is seared into the moral conscience that
there is injustice in the government.
President Obama can put some teeth into this bill by
adding the wording to Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, to the Defense Authorization
Bill, and end discrimination in the U.S. Armed Forces. He
has to take the Lead on the issue. We must write
him, call him and make him accountable for the
promises he made.
With this wording in the Defense Authorization Bill
we have enough votes right now today to repeal the
ban, but without those word in the Bill It will not
happen there simply are not enough votes.
We in the GLBT community must act now and we must
keep up the fight to get this Repeal done in 2010.
The reason I took a stand with the other members on
the White House fence was to reclaim and restore our
dignity. But we can’t do this alone. There will be
many many more actions until this Repeal happens.