In my last post on the closing reception at Caritas Village's "[choice] Life Over AIDS" exhibit, commenter Neondragon wondered why I hadn't posted anything on the Senate's vote to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
For the record, my editor Bruce VanWyngarden did put up a post on his blog on Saturday, shortly following the long-awaited vote. But I think have a pretty good excuse as to why nothing was posted on this blog until now.
On Friday, I made the mistake of petting a stray cat that had been hit by a car. We were taking the injured animal to the emergency vet, and for some reason, I thought petting the cat would take its mind off of the pain. Bad idea. The cat bit me, resulting in a nasty infection in my right index finger. Due to the swelling and pain, I was unable to type (or use my right hand for anything) on Saturday and Sunday. The finger is still swollen and stuck in a bent position, but I'm now able to type with my remaining four fingers (yes, I did go to the doctor). But I'm sorry I missed posting on Memphis Gaydar on such a monumental occasion.
As for the Senate's vote, I'm absolutely elated. I'm saddened that Tennessee Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander voted against repeal, but thankful their closed-minded opinions were in the minority. President Barack Obama is set to sign legislation repealing the outdated, discriminatory military policy at 5 p.m. today. It may take up to 60 days before the new policy takes effect. For the first time in awhile, I'm proud to be an American.