During my regular trek to the library to check out some DVDs and audio books, I recently discovered that—thanks to a generous bequest from the Tom Farinholt and Blair Edlow Memorial Fund—the libraries in Montgomery County, MD, have an excellent collection of LGBT DVDs.
Last week, I happened to grab a film titled, “Soldier’s Girl,” which first aired on Showtime in 2003 and is based on a true story. I wasn’t familiar with the story or the film. And I certainly wasn’t expecting to be so deeply moved and haunted by this tragic tale about a soldier who fell in love with a transgendered night club performer.
The film’s cover reads, “They didn’t know how dangerous love could be.” Today, homosexuality is considered a normal human condition, but homophobia is as dangerous as it is degrading.
This film about Barry Winchell and Calpernia Addams exposes how the US military’s policy of discriminating against homosexual soldiers is cruel and inhumane. Their “enlightened” compromise policy of “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell (DADT)” is only a smoke screen for malevolent, institutionalized homophobia.
There have always been homosexuals in the military. I’ve never heard of an example of how their presence has hindered the military’s ability to protect our nation. It certainly hasn’t impeded the United State’s ability to make war—unless you consider how many good soldiers have been discharged because of their sexual orientation.
If you have a conscience, please keep asking why this dehumanizing, archaic “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell” policy remains the status quo. And tell everyone to watch “Soldier’s Girl,” if they need to see why DADT should end immediately.