Maj. Margaret Witt has released a new book that chronicles the personal struggle behind her landmark case — and the happiness that came from it.
For the last six years, Maj. Margaret Witt had thought that things had calmed down for LGBT service people. That her successful 2010 legal challenge of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy, and the resulting congressional vote to end it altogether, had meant that all people were safe — and welcome — to serve.
She was wrong.
In June, President Donald Trump abruptly announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military.
And he did it “in a tweet,” Witt said the other day. “In an insulting, dehumanizing tweet.” (“After consultation with my Generals and military experts,” Trump wrote, “please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”)
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It came seemingly out of nowhere, Witt said — and just as she was preparing the release of her new book, “Tell,” which chronicles her fight against discrimination. The book, written with Tim Connor, is being released Tuesday.
“He caused disruption. He changed their focus,” Witt said of Trump and the transgender people in the military. “Their focus is their service, and now they’re wondering what’s going to happen tomorrow. ‘What’s going to happen to my family?’
“You can’t do that to a soldier. Any airman. Any service member,” she continued. “I know what that feels like. To be great yesterday, and then somebody comes in and says, ‘Well, you’ve got a label now and sorry, you’re not good enough today.’ ”
Over a 20-year Air Force career, Witt was better than good. She was a decorated U.S. Air Force flight nurse until officials learned that she was in a relationship with a civilian woman. They dismissed her for…