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Gay and Lesbian Service Members

StoryFebruary 27, 1997
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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.


A former cadet at the US military academy at West Point.


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.

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.

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