It is true. That’s because my Uncle Alan is going to be in Washington, DC for the Presidential Signing Ceremony for the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell act of 2010 today. You read what I wrote correctly. My uncle, Alan is going to be in Washington when President Obama ends this horrendous policy. Yes it is one thing for the policy to be over and another entirely for the culture of homophobia and hatred to end in the Armed Forces. However now any American that wants to serve can do so without fear.
I am immensely proud of my uncle. He has fought against this policy from day one. He willing told his story to the media and took the show on the road speaking at countless campuses and events. Throughout his 25 years in the Coast Guard, Alan denied his sexual orientation to serve his country. No one will have to do that ever again.
There are lots of different ways to fight for justice. Uncle Alan clearly has done a tremendous job advocating on behalf of gay and lesbians who serve. Today and everyday I am so proud that he is my uncle.
(Alan is scheduled to be a guest on Keith Olberman’s show on MSNBC, 8pm Eastern).