The Pentagon’s survey to servicemen has been leaked, and the questions, designed to gauge attitudes toward GLBT servicemen and women, are laden with homophobia. According to ABC News, among many questions intended to bring out the “ick” factor–as Mike Huckabee likes to dwell on it–are:
“If Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed and you are assigned to bathroom facilities with an open bay shower that someone you believe to be a gay or lesbian Service member also used, which are you most likely to do? Mark 1.”
So asks the Pentagon survey of 400,000 non-deployed active troops regarding the pending repeal of the “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.
“Take no action;
“Use the shower at a different time than the Service member I thought to be gay or lesbian;
“Discuss how we expect each other to behave and conduct ourselves;
“Talk to a chaplain, mentor, or leader about how to handle the situation;
“Talk to a leader to see if I had other options;
What about a multiple-choice answer like, “It doesn’t bother me.” Or: “Taking a shower with a gay person is the least of my concerns.” Or: “I am a gay or lesbian serviceperson, and what’s important is that I want to serve my country.”
Servicemembers United is encouraging its constituents not to respond to the survey; Robert Gates encouraged active gay and lesbian troopmembers to respond, claiming that responses would not be used to discharge them.
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