Lady Gaga posted a seven-and-a-half minute video on her website this morning (Sept. 17) to express her opposition against the U.S. Armed Forces' "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy and to encourage politicians and fans alike to vote for the Defense Authorization Bill, which includes language that would repeal the policy, next week.
"'Don't Ask Don't Tell' is a law that was created in 1993 that prevents gays from serving openly in the military. Since then, 14,000 Americans have been discharged from the armed forces, refused the right to serve their country and sent home, regardless of honorable service or how valuable they were to their units," Gaga explains in clip.
"SLDN's [Servicemembers Legal Defense Network] advocacy proves that these soldiers are being searched, superiors are going through their e-mails and private belongings, calling family members and operating based on assumptions," she continues. "Ultimately, the law is being enforced using gay profiling and gay soldiers have become targets. In short, not only is the law unconstitutional, but it's not even being properly enforced by the government."
Gaga continues by sharing anecdotes of those military soldiers who have been affected by the law and providing information on how viewers can contact their senators about the Defense Authorization Bill. In showing solidarity, Gaga calls the offices of her senators, New York Democrats Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, but isn't able to speak with or leave messages for either.
"I have called both of the senators that operate in my district," she says. "I will not stop calling until I reach them and I can leave them this message: 'I am a constituent of the senator, my name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, also known as Lady Gaga. I'm calling to ask the senator to vote with Senators Harry Reid and Carl Levin to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and oppose John McCain's shameless filibuster. We need to do this for our gay and lesbian soldiers, and finally repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' "
In the end, she encourages her fans to try calling again after 9am tomorrow (Sept. 18) morning, assuring, "I'll be on the phone, too."