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Recently there has been significant press about the former Commanding Officer of the USS Enterprise, Capt. Owen Honors. This is due to a series of videos he made for the crew of 6,000 service members four years ago that contained anti-LGBT propaganda and sexist words and visuals. This happened while he was the Executive Officer.
Many folks are glad that he was relieved of his command. He is not yet fired. However, if he is fired, our LGBT community will miss a golden opportunity. If instead of being fired he was rehabilitated, we could turn an enemy into a valuable ally.
Keep in mind that prejudice is taught and the fact is our society teaches LGBT-phobia on a reoccurring basis. If we ended up allowing every person who fears our community to be punished in such a way that their lives are ruined would that really help our community? It would not.
Please write the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead at email@example.com to give Cap. Owen Honors a second chance contingent on the following:
1. Capt. Honors must go through a program that will rehabilitate him from acting in a discriminatory manner towards LGBT people.
a. This must be done with LGBT participation.
b. Upon completion of this, Capt. Honors shall make a video and in his own words he will explain what he learned and why he thinks all service members and people should be treated with dignity and respect.
c. Capt. Honors be given the task to take lead in the Navy’s repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" efforts and that he be given orders to expedite certification. This should include Marine Corps since it is part of the Navy.
2. Upon the accomplishment of Navy and Marine Corps repeal certification being accomplished he is to be returned to command an aircraft carrier.
DOD FED GLOBE
This letter is based on Ms. Kove's opinion as the Executive Director of DOD FED GLOBE and it is not her intent to reflect the views of her employer, the Department of Defense.