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Jose Rodriguez Texas Gay Man, OUTED and DISCHARGED under DADT

Source Dallas Voice Instant Tea: “An El Paso man says he was discharged from the Navy under “don’t ask don’t tell” because a commander found out he was gay when he sought treatment at a hospital after being drugged and raped at a gay nightclub in San Diego.”

“Jose Rodriguez, who was missing for three days when he was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a group of men last June, says he woke up in a hotel room with no clothes. He doesn’t recall much about the incident:”

“Me being forced down, held by my neck with a couple of hands holding me down and opening my mouth while I’m yelling, ‘Help,’” said Rodriguez.Dallas Voice

Via JoeAnthony Rodriguez Facebook


5720 INTEGITY DRIVE……MILLINGTON, TN 38055-00005730Ser00L3E10U000231C

March 30, 2010

The Honorable Susan A. Davis


United States of Representatives

Attention: Katherine Fortner

4305 University Ave, Suite 515San Diego, CA 92105


Dear Representative Davis:

Thank you for your letter on January 5, 2010 on behalf of Mr. Jose A. Rodriguez a former member of the United States Navy regarding the alleged harassment and his administrative discharge.

Your continue desire to assist Mr. Rodriguez is appreciated. The USS PELELIU (LHA 5) has conducted an immediate through investigation into the claims that Mr. Rodriguez medical treatment was disclosed among members of the LHA 5. The investigation has found that only authorized personnel handled Mr. Rodriguez navy medical record. However, it was concluded that a former shipmate who visited Mr. Rodriguez at the hospital was provided information by the civilian hospital staff member. The former shipmate upon returning to LHA 5, after the visit, did tell Sailors of the incident. Immediately upon learning of the divulgence personal information, the service member in question was disciplined accordingly.

        Sincerely,E. A. Wrighitt Congressional Affairs

By direction of the Commander

“My dream was forcefully taken away. To serve my country as a patriotic gay american. I have a new dream. Equality for all! I will continue to fight for equality for all! we are the ones comming up in the world. We must continue to push this movement foward. End Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell!” JoeAnthony Rodriguez June 24 2010

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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