An estimated 65,000 LGBT Americans serve in the US armed forces. Of course they have to stay silent - they have to lie - they have to hide. Don't Ask/Don't Tell discriminates. It says that some people will be excluded from service, not because of anything they do, but simply because of who they are. We no longer think it is right and proper to exclude women or people of different races, so why this group of people? Why do people think it is right to exclude gays and lesbians? Discrimination is always wrong.
Discrimination toward or against a person of a certain group is the treatment or consideration based on class or category rather than individual merit. Discrimination is always a behavior that promotes a certain group at the expense of another. Discrimination is never a good thing. Wherever we see it, discrimination must be ended!
My friends, do not remain silent. Do not lie or hide. Be open. Be proud! God created us just as wonderfully as he did our non-lgbt sisters and brothers. We all should be able to rejoice in who we are and to use the gifts God has given us for the benefit of others.