Tell Military They Can't Still Discriminate Against #LGBT Soldiers
WE CAN’T LOSE!
If I Lose the LGBT Community Loses! Lack of support it will send a sweeping message that the LGBT community is weak on defending its own rights and people. It will also further empower the bigoted military element and their civilian supporters into not addressing current, on-going, and future cases. Let’s get this clear I am the Plaintiff and I have not committed any crime but appearing to be gay. This Witch hunt came to a head when it snow balled into a secret investigation which turn up nothing. However the damage is done and I was not promoted to Major which led to a mandatory retirement date and defunding from Psychology school. Grant free Now, I have spent 10,000 dollars of my money to stay in school. I am now faced with having to drop out of my internship. Soldiers Legal Defense Network has supported me, ONLY, after all the evidence was presented, verified, and properly aligned. There is no reason why the LGBT community Hard Hitters are not jumping on this case. I am now playing a dual role as a Signal officer in the 311th Signal who are being very supportive, however, they are now forced to divide their time unfairly to allow me to Intern at Tripler Army Medical Center; they have been very generous and tolerant of my predicament in both units (So Far). No one should have to go through sometimes 16 hour days just because someone dropped the ball. Let me also make something else crystal clear. I outted myself and am the ONLY openly Gay Army officer in the state of Hawaii. I am a Dominican Blatino Jew originally from Connecticut. I had to do this in order to fight this injustice openly and without being Black-mailed. I have supported our community through 4 years of LGBT, Anti Bullying, PLHIV, DADT Repeal, and International queer activism. I dedicated most of my free time taking care of others and now I need your help and the help of Major hitters to get this story moving. Thanks for your support respectfully
- Department of the Army Inspector General
MG William H McCoy Jr
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Department of Defense.
I am Captain Perez and experience. gay discrimination is still alive and kicking in the military regardless of repeal. People who were opposed to repeal are now finding creative ways to FIRE gay soldiers and those suspected of being gay. This must stop. Tell the department of defense and CT and HI senators and Congressmen to fight for my job. Give me my rightful promotion to Major, My Job, let me continue my Psychology School education with scholarship and back pay. (Click below for more details)
++I have been a soldier in the US Army for 19 years. I was devastated when I was informed that I wasn’t good enough to be in the Army anymore. I was told that I could NOT get promoted, so I had to go. At first I had trouble processing the motive behind such an abrupt decision. I have always abided by the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and the little known “Don’t Pursue” portions of the now dying military law.
To my surprise, despite my 19 years of obedience to the military that I love so dearly, I was presented with my walking papers! I am being fired through a non–promotion. I feel like 19 years went down the toilet in one phone call! In addition I was also defunded from Army School MSCP Psychology with only a few months left.
I have asked the Department of the Army several times why I wasn’t getting promoted. I was always told by them, “I simply don’t know,” or “it is the wording.” What part of “Promote to Major Now” and “Best Qualified” did they not understand from my multiple reviews?
Then I asked the Army the following, “Was the lack of security clearance a factor in me not being promoted? Was there anything in my records that could be hindering my progress?” I was told both times by the Army that it wasn’t clear why. I was also told after asking several branch personnel managers that the fact that my clearance was not updated would not influence my promotion. Guess what? It did!
Why didn’t I have a security clearance? Recently I found a hidden document with negative comments about me. The comments strongly suggested that I was suspected of being gay and therefore I had no integrity. It also had many other false and unprofessional comments that could have been accessed by any promotion board member at any time. This is what we call in the military “poisoning a record” to stunt career progression. The “dog whistle” for promotion board members was my expired security clearance. The suggestion that I may be gay definitely raised a few of their eye brows and automatically disqualified me from promotion.
Being stripped of funding has seriously affected me financially and emotionally. I just had to pay more than $6,000 for three of my final classes before my internship is supposed to begin at the prestigious Tripler Army Medical Center. I am also being sent to a war unit to rot until my retirement, with no guarantee that I will be allowed to work the necessary 700 hours for my internship to fulfill my new positional duties simultaneously. I may have to DROP OUT of school completely.
In a matter of a couple of months, my life was turned upside down. I have had three overseas “hardship” deployments to Kuwait, Iraq, and Korea. I have not had the opportunity to finish school. I always put my country first and now I am being FIRED for being suspected of being gay. Such underhanded tactics must be made public so no others will have to suffer the humiliation and disappointment that I have. I have been on missions and put my life on the line simply because I thought it was the right thing to do.
I contacted the intended “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” recourse resource, the Inspector General (IG). I was flat out denied a proper investigation by the Army. The Army IG’s highest enlisted person in charge told me that she doesn’t deal with “homosexual” cases. I corrected her erroneous comment and she became more hostile. She accused me of calling her a liar.
I submitted an additional complaint to a higher IG authority. They are currently sending my case to the Washington DC Joint Chiefs of Staff IG. They said that is all they can do and will keep me updated.
In retaliation for seeking help, from a higher IG’s office, the Army IG office’s highest enlisted person wrote a letter and placed it in my personal Department of Defense files. This document was full of lies, assumptions, and omissions. They didn’t mention my initial complaint of discrimination. They made false statements about my attendance in school which were quickly debunked by the Dean of Psychology’s department. The Army IG even threw in a few fake dates for good measure. Now I have to also petition to get these lies removed from my permanent record. They are victimizing the victim!
I wrote my governor in Connecticut, and launched seven congressional and senatorial complaints. So far I have received 4-7 answers to my inquiries. seems that hardly anyone cares about soldiers -- especially gay ones.
Please don’t let me be fired from the Army, kicked out of Psychology School, or not promoted because of bigotry against gays. This is not “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” This is work place discrimination based on perception and a real disdain for gays in the military.
Please don’t let me be fired from the Army, kicked out of medical school, or not promoted because of bigotry against gays. This is not “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”
This is work place discrimination based on perception and a real disdain for gays in the military.
CPT Alberto Perez-Dejesus
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