Gay and Lesbian Service Members

February 27, 1997


Peter Eisner

Veteran foreign correspondent. He is currently an editor at the Washington Post. He is co-author of “The Italian Letter: How the Bush Administration Used a Fake Letter to Build the Case for War in Iraq.”

Carlo Bonini

Investigative journalist with La Repubblica newspaper of Rome. He is co-author of “Collusion: International Espionage and the War on Terror.

More gay men and lesbians are being kicked out of the military
today than before President Clinton’s much vaunted "don’t ask,
don’t tell" policy. According to a new report out this week, the
number of gay men and lesbians discharged from the military
this year is 42 percent higher than in 1994, the year in which
the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy was started.

Here to discuss the new report and recent attacks on gay and
lesbian service members are two guests.


NICOLE GALVAN, a former cadet at the US military
academy at West Point.

MICHELLE M. BENECKE, co-executive director and co-
founder of the Service members Legal Defense Network, a group
organized to monitor the Pentagon’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,
Don’t Pursue" policy. Michelle Benecke was one of the authors
of the latest report documented the harassment of gay men and
lesbian service members.