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News Roundtable | Bringing Down 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Maj. Margaret Witt

Maj. Margaret Witt

Mychal Johnson





  • In 2004, Maj. Margaret Witt’s unit was headed off to war in the Middle East, but the decorated flight nurse was told she could not go. Witt was told that she would be discharged because someone had told her superiors that she was gay. Witt filed suit against the U.S. Air Force and won the case, eventually dismantling “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Witt, who now lives in Portland, has co-written a book about her life called “Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights.”

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