As repeal of the dreaded Don't Ask Don't Tell Don't Pursue (DADT) gets closer to reality so too are new tricks to force Lesbian Gay Bisexual (LGB) service members out:
"An attorney says the Navy is inventing grounds to fire a sailor in South Carolina who was found in bed with another male sailor. Navy Petty Officer Stephen C. Jones is contesting his discharge for unprofessional conduct. His lawyer, Gary Myers, says the Navy believes Jones is homosexual but has no proof and therefore charged him with something else. Myers says the case could help prevent the military from using excuses to oust gay members after a policy against them serving openly is repealed."
In the situation quoted above about two men found in the same bed; rest assured that numerous opposite gender couples have often been caught in barracks and nobody cared. So now the military is dredging up a seldom utilized (ancient) legal code from the UCMJ to rid themselves of a person who is perceived as gay.
A basic premise of an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) investigation is to determine if there is disparate treatment. That is if a person within a specific group is treated differently than others not in that group. Navy Petty Officer Stephen C. Jones is being treated differently, because he is perceived as gay. The mistreatment of LGBT does not come under EEO. It comes under the Office of Special Council (OSC) for civilians only. So what type of investigation recourse does Petty Officer Stephen C. Jones have? Not much at this point, but you can help him!
Keep in mind that if a woman was found with a man in this same instance even completely naked under the sheets; most likely it would be completely and totally ignored. Just look at all the sexual harassment of female service members that was completely ignored; including rape. Anybody charged with being unprofessional in those cases? Why did they (female victims) have to take the military to civilian court?
Those of us that are Department of Defense (DOD) civil servants and or contractors that are Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) are not even slightly surprised. Even though it is and has been for over a decade illegal to harass, harm, intimidate, and or fire DOD LGBT civil servants and or contractors just for being and or perceived as LGBT does not mean it is not going on. Sadly it’s been going on for a very long time. Of course they never admit that it goes on and they blame the victim. Its not completely their fault since the DOD has been extremely negligent in educating its workforce to treat LGBT employees equally.
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Ask them to stop the disparate treatment of Navy Petty Officer Stephen C. Jones.