Don't Ask Don't tell was a compromise between throwing gay service people out of the military and allowing them to service. Gays where allowed to serve as long as they where closeted. Some seen this as an evil policy against gays, but the policy has now been repealed. I hope this goes some way to promoting equal rights in the US as I believe that most straight people assume that everyone around is strait except for the rare few. We know that more than 7% of the world's population is gay and that means that if you are in a room with fifteen other people, then there is a good chance that one of them is gay.
I thought the news of DADT would be met with quiet applause, but many gays in the military have been coming out and have been celebrating with a flurry of YouTube videos. AreYouSuprised has been doing videos anonymously on YouTube about being gay and in the military. The first video where we get to see his face, was posted two days ago where he comes out to his Dad.