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DECEMBER 10, 1999
'Don't ask, don't tell' comes under renewed fire
Parents of slain gay soldier call Pentagon policy on gays a failure as
son's killer is sentenced; Hillary Rodham Clinton also criticizes policy
her husband created
The Pentagon's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in
the military came under renewed attack this week from the
family of a slain Army private, gay activists, and Hillary
Rodham Clinton during a campaign stop in New York.
All called for the end to the policy—intended to make it
easier for gays and lesbians to serve in the military—because
they said it has failed to work.
'"Don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue,' did not protect our
son.... It won't protect anyone else's child. This policy must
end," said Pat Kutteles, reading from a statement Thursday
after an Army private convicted of bludgeoning her gay son
to death was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility
Pvt. Calvin N. Glover, 18, was found guilty of premeditated murder Wednesday in the beating death of Pfc. Barry
Winchell. The offense carries a mandatory sentence of life in
prison; the only question before the military jury on
Thursday was whether he should be eligible for parole.
Glover showed no reaction to the sentence. He will also be
demoted and dishonorably discharged.
Glover used a baseball bat to crush the skull of Winchell,
21, a barracks mate, as he slept in his cot at Fort Campbell.
There had been a swirl of rumors on the base that Winchell
was gay, and prosecutors said Glover was driven by hatred
Winchell's family called for the end of "Don't ask, don't tell."
"We knew Barry could be deployed and come into harm's
way for our country. We never dreamed that he would be
killed by labeling, prejudice and hatred at home," Kutteles
Glover, who is from Sulphur, Okla., apologized in court
earlier Thursday, saying he was drunk at the time of the July
5 attack and has since found God.
"If I had acted as half the man, even half the soldier as
Barry was, he'd be with us right now," Glover said, his voice
Before the court-martial, Glover admitted to a lesser
charge of unpremeditated murder in hopes of receiving a
lighter sentence. But prosecutor Capt. Gregg Engler went
ahead with the court-martial on a charge of premeditated
When he offered his plea Tuesday, Glover sobbed and said
he did not know why he hit Winchell "at least two or three
times" with a bat as Winchell slept.
C. Dixon Osburn, co-executive director of the
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in Washington,
said the case proves that the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't
tell" policy doesn't work.
"I think this case shatters any illusions that 'don't ask,
don't tell, don't pursue' is somehow a benign policy," he
said. "This is a policy of violence."
Under "don't ask, don't tell," gay members of the military
Pvt. Calvin N. Glover, 18 (left) was sentenced on Thursday to
life in prison for bludgeoning to death Pfc. Barry Winchell
(right), a barracks-mate rumored to be gay.
can continue to serve—and their superiors cannot investigate and expel them—as long as they keep their sexual orientation to themselves.
During the court-martial, a sergeant testified that complaints about harassment of Winchell by other soldiers who
suspected he was gay were not investigated because superi-
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Texas activist takes new role with Millennium March
Dual jobs prompt questions of how Dianne Hardy-Garcia will organize a national event
and avoid ignoring her duties with statewide lobbying group here in Texas
Dianne Hardy-Garcia, executive director of
the Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, says
her new role with the Millennium March on
Washington won't diminish the work of the
statewide lobby group.
by GIP PLASTER
After two years of planning, the departure of its founder and numerous attacks on
the way it is being planned, details of the
Millennium March on Washington planned
for April 30 are finally becoming clear.
The march's new vision is largely due to
the work of Dianne Hardy-Garcia, executive
director of Lesbian Gay Rights Lobby of Texas
(LGRL). She has taken over as co-executive
director of the march and is running the
event's Washington, D.C. office.
As executive director of a large and powerful statewide gay and lesbian organization,
Hardy-Garcia has become one of the most
vocal and influential activists in Texas.
But if Hardy-Garcia is running the march,
who is at LGRL working to organize and
mobilize gay men and lesbians in Texas?
'Not abandoning anything'
"We're not abandoning any work. We're
not abandoning any projects," said LGRL
board co-chair Steve Atkinson of Dallas.
"We're not changing anything. There's nothing changing except Dianne's physical presence not being in Austin."
Atkinson said he can contact Hardy-
Garcia at any time if necessary. LGRL's office
staff and board have taken on increased day-
to-day responsibilities in her absence, but
Atkinson said the short time frame and the
timing of the march when the biennial Texas
Legislature is not in session makes this a time
when Hardy-Garcia can afford to be away
"It's the only time that she could do it,"
Atkinson said. "It's a very short time frame
and when if s over, she's through and done
Hardy-Garcia asked, and received, permission (rom the board to take on increased
responsibilities with the march. She will continue to be p.aid as a full-time employee of
LGRL and is expecting to also be paid a full-
time salary by the march.
The potential of receiving two salaries is
appropriate, Hardy-Garcia said, since she will
be doing work to benefit both organizations.
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