Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell


Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Since Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was implemented in 1993; the military has discharged more than 10,000 Service Members. Countless others left to avoid persecution.
The Department of Defense (DOD) is the nation’s largest employer and the only organization that enforces a policy of discrimination based on sexual orientation.
To date more than $285 million of taxpayers’ money has been spent to replace those discharged.


When Air Force physician Monica Hill’s partner of 14 years, Terry, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Monica requested a leave of absence to care for her. Sadly, two months later, Terry died on September 11, 2001. While still coping with the tragic loss of her partner, Monica was involuntarily discharged from the military because she had violated the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy when she asked to be at her dying partner’s side.


Director: Louise Hogarth
Editor: Mike Murphy
DP: May Rigler

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

Service members Legal Defense Network (SLDN) is a national, non-profit legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and related forms of intolerance.

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