U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons

Lindsay Church comes from a military family, and as a teenager, she planned to join the Navy right after high school. Her plans changed, however, in the face of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — the Department of Defense policy born on Feb. 28, 1994, that barred gay, lesbian or bisexual servicemembers from serving openly the military.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan

Five years after the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, those representing Air Force athletics still aren't asking.

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Photo courtesy of Weber Shandwick

When Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith joined ROTC to pay for school 1982, she never expected to spend the next 30 years in military.

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Just three years ago, gay and lesbian troops could not serve openly, Saturday, gay service members aboard Kadena Air Force Base on the island of Okinawa in Japan took to the stage to perform and raise money for charity.

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As more and more states legalize gay marriage, through legislation, referendum, or in federal courts, and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” feels a distant memory, and amid news that a high-profile NFL prospect has come out, Brett Jones, a Navy SEAL, has published a remarkable account of what it was like to serve in one of the military’s most elite units during the DADT era.

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