Luiza Fritz served in the US Army for thirteen years. She joined the military right after high school, served two tours in Iraq and received several honors. For her, though, the problem came when her CO found her MySpace page and the pictures of her partner. Fritz was forced to reveal that she is lesbian.
According to Fritz “One of the people that was allowed on my MySpace page was ordered to pull the page on her computer. The officer put a thumb drive in the computer and saved that MySpace page. He submitted proof of my personal life to the inspector general’s office in Baghdad which sparked the investigation and I was kicked out.”
Fritz, though, always loved the military.
Fritz applied to rejoin the military as soon as the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed. “I’m going to work to get back in. I don’t know what it’s going to take, I don’t know what I have to do, but I’m going to get back in,” she said.
Fritz is not along in returning to the military. While she will be returning as a military police officer, there are dozens of lesbian and gay soldiers returning to service, even though the reenlistment process can be time consuming.
The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ended seventeen years worth of discrimination. The dire consequences that were said to have been going to occur by various people oppose to the repeal never materialized. In fact, the integration of LGB people seems to have been incredibly smooth. Unfortunately, there seems to have been no move to repeal the ban on transsexuals serving in the military despite assurances from OutServe-SLDN that it was on their agenda. The ban on transsexuals serving in the military is not legal, but appears to be couched in medical reasons.