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Lesbian Reservist

January 23, 1991

When Donna Jackson, a reservist scheduled to leave for the Persian Gulf, told the commanding general that she was a lesbian, he sent her to an Army psychiatrist (Jan. 12). She said the psychiatrist found her "normal." I beg to differ.

Anyone in her situation cannot be normal. This is a woman who would fight and die for this country. She would fight and die for a country that does not protect her under the law. She would fight and die for a country that denies her right to love. She would fight and die or a country that bans her from holding the very job she has. She would fight and die for a country in which she "is inconsistent with military service." This kind of patriotism is not normal. This kind of patriotism is above and beyond the call of duty.

JEHAN AGRAMA, Co-President

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against

Defamation, Los Angeles

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