Pop sensation Lady Gaga has made it her mission to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Act, which prohibits any homosexual or bisexual person from serving openly in the United States military, supporting the cause of Service Members Legal Defense Network. Via both Twitter and Youtube, Lady Gaga has been advocating for the repeal, which is to be voted on in the Senate on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. The repeal has already been passed in the House of Representatives, with a 229- 186 vote, and needs 60 senators to pass in the Senate.
On Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, Lady Gaga began tweeting to her 6.3 million followers “Senator John McCain is attempting to stop the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal vote this Tuesday, with a filibuster”. She then uploaded a video to her youtube account, on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, directed at the senate, as well as “youth all over the world who are watching.”
Seated in front of an American flag, Lady Gaga explains the act, which forces homosexual soldiers to “hide and keep private their sexuality”, and says it is being “inconsistently and unconstitutionally enforced.” She cites that14, 000 soldiers have been discharged under this act, 400 under Obama’s administration alone.
“SLDN’s advocacy proves that these soldiers are being searched, superiors are going through their emails and private belongings” she said, “Ultimately, the law is being enforced using gay profiling.”
During rest of the video, Lady Gaga goes on to give examples of men and women who were discharged based on their sexual orientation under this act, saying that what shocked her the most was to hear them say how they miss serving and protecting their country.
“I am here to be a voice for my generation, not the generation of senators who are voting, but for the youth of this country, the generation that will be affected by this law and whose children will be affected,” she said in the video, “We’re not asking you to agree with or approve of the moral implications of homosexuality. We’re asking you to do your job, to protect the constitution”
At the end of the video, Lady Gaga attempts to call two New York senators, Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillebrand, and urges others to call their own senators, asking them to “vote with Senators Carl Harry Reid and Carl Levin, to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and to oppose John McCain’s shameless filibuster.”