May 31, 2019
Welcome to Onward, hosted by Emily Harman; a new weekly podcast consisting of authentic conversations about overcoming adversity and moving forward. Subscribe now! In this interview Emily’s Naval Academy classmate, Zoe Dunning, shares the obstacles she faced when she came out as lesbian while serving in the military and her successful challenge to the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Zoe is the first and only openly gay person allowed to remain on active duty in the military prior to the end of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.
3 Key Points:
- (Gay rights organization meeting in San Francisco) I remember walking in the door in my uniform, and I showed up and I said, ‘I just got kicked out, what can I do to help.’” – Zoe Dunning.
- “We have the numbers under the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” era. Over 13,000 service members lost their careers.” – Zoe Dunning.
- “I’m incredibly proud to serve in the military and I’m also incredibly proud to be an advocate of the LGBTQ community.” – Zoe Dunning.