© OUT Armed Forces, All Rights Reserved Send a message through the ranks : The military core values of honesty and integrity will always strengthen the unit. About 14,000 servicemembers were discharged under DADT. 2.8% of our troops— 65,000 —are gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Nearly 1,000,000 gay and lesbian Americans are veterans. Don't Ask, Don't Tell kept soldiers in the closet for 17 years. DADT cost $363M and 60,000 qualified military personnel. OUT_af is not yet a 501(c)3 organization, so donations are not tax-deductible. However, if you would like to contribute to the site or the newly formed nonprofit, you can donate through Paypal.com . We appreciate your contribution! Tell Our Troops: You Don't Have to Serve in Silence! "Out" LGB Servicemembers or Veterans : Come out publicly to make it easier—and safer—for active-duty LGB troops to serve openly. Straight Servicemembers or Veterans : Make a video to say: "Gay doesn't matter to the mission—or to me." Family Members or Friends of LGB Servicemembers : Tell the story of your loved one's service. Patriotic Americans and Allies : Submit a video or note of support to our country's LGB troops. 29.6% of our military believe that the repeal will have a negative impact on unit cohesion. (DOD Report; see Resources page to download.) LGBT personnel are NOT legally protected against discrimination and have not yet achieved full equality with their straight counterparts. Come OUT in support of LGBT troops still serving in silence. VIDEO Mike Yost , OUT Armed Forces Founding Board Member and Air Force veteran.