After almost 18 years, the Pentagon formally repeals the ban on gays in uniform, known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” permitting troops for the first time to publicly reveal that they’re gay without fear of official retribution.
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Ret. Army Col. Andy Leonard, Tracey Hepner, Ret. USN Capt Mike Rankin and Ret. Coast Guard Resv Robert Crane celebrate the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell at the K Street Lounge in Washington, DC on September 20, 2011. The repeal marks the total end to the military policy from the 1993 Clinton administration permitting closeted homosexuals from serving in the military. The policy prohibited military personnel from being discriminated against or harrassed if they were gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals in the military. (Linda Davidson / Washington Post) Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo