Seeking personal accounts of actions or experiences of serving LGBT military members and their families on 20 September 2011, date of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) repeal. Did you take part in a celebration, make a point of coming out to those you work with, do a small yet significant or symbolic action (like update your DD 93 and change ‘friend’ to ‘spouse’) that marked the change from forced in the closest to finally able to be yourself and true about those who are your family? What is your story of how you experienced Military Repeal Day? What was the significance of the day for you and your family? How does the repeal affect you and yours?
Submit your story as RTF or Word document to Victoria.A.Hudson@gmail.com. Please include your name, rank, service, phone number, email and snail mailing address. Alternately, mail hard copy to MRD c/o Hudson, P.O. Box 387, Hayward, CA 94543. Deadline is January 30, 2012.
Submissions will be considered for the anthology Military Repeal Day– September 20, 2011- When DADT Became History, edited by Victoria Hudson.
Victoria A. Hudson is a Lieutenant Colonel with over thirty years service in the United States Army Reserve as a military police and civil affairs Soldier. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in nonfiction writing from Saint Mary’s College of California. The excerpt CHOW from her forthcoming collection of memoir essays Weekend Warrior: Dispatches from of a Woman in the Army Reserves is available in the iTunes bookstore or online at smashwords.com as a free download. Her work may be found in the anthologies More Bridges: the 2007 San Francisco Writers Conference Anthology, Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq, and Flashback 2010 among others. Several of her writings were used as source material for the stage play Coming in Hot, an adaptation of the book Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq. She was a 2007 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Fellow. She writes about food, gardening, pets, and parenting on her occasional blog Home and Hearth at www.throwrockpaperscissors.com. Follow her on Twitter @vickigeist for literary and life musings or @Vicki_Hudson for updates on her writing and publishing. For more information see www.vickihudson.com.