The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Revolution Was Televised

In 2008, Peter Singer, a senior fellow at the staid Brookings Institution, published a monograph cheekily titled “How TheReal World Ended ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell.’” He began by noting that in 1992, the same year that presidential candidate Bill Clinton proposed the idea of lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans serving openly in the military, “MTV famously launched the story of ‘seven strangers, picked to live in a loft, and have their lives taped, to find out what happens when people stop being polite … and start getting real.’” A year later, Clinton’s idea of lifting the…