Nov 15/10 - Pt 3: Gays in The Military

Gays and lesbians have been permitted to serve openly in the Canadian military for nearly 20 years. But back then, being gay was enough to get you kicked out of the forces. We take a closer look at the issue today.



Gays in The Military - Talk Tape

It has been 30 years now. But for Darl Wood, the wound is still fresh.

In the 1970s, she was a soldier in the Canadian Forces. She's also a lesbian. Today, that wouldn't be a problem. Gays and lesbians have been permitted to serve openly in the Canadian military for nearly 20 years.

But at that time, being gay was enough to get you kicked out of the forces. Darl Wood's life was turned upside down by a military that had no room for her. And she says she still feels the trauma of that experience today.

The CBC's Stephen Puddicombe brought us her story.

Music Bridge

Artist: Yann Tiersen
Cd: Le Fabuleux Destin D' Amelie Poulain Film
Cut: # 10, Pas Si Simple
Label: Virgin
Spine: 8107902   

Besa Promo

Coming up later this week, a remarkable story from World War Two you may not have heard.  It's the story of Albanians who saved Jews from the Nazis.

Many of the Albanians were Muslims and a touring photo exhibit pays tribute to their heroism.  But Albanian Christians also saved Jews. And that's because of an  Albanian tradition called Besa. It requires all Albanians to offer help and support to anyone who asks.

The Current's Heba Aly will bring us that story Wednesday but we have an excerpt this morning.  We aired some tape of Rudolf Nosi of Toronto telling the story of how his family save Mark Menahem in the Albanian town of Elbasan after the Nazis had kiled most of Mark's family.

Music Bridge

Artist: The Bills
CD: Let Em Rum
Cut: 5, When the Bucket Runs Dry
Label: Borealis
Spine: BCD  164


Last Word - Satire Out-Takes

Throughout the program, we've been airing some out-takes from our satire today. We ended the program with one more satire out-take ... courtesy of the voice.










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