December 6, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- Actress and gay rights activist Rose McGowan is still glowing over the announcement that the U.S. military policy "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" - put into place by the Clinton administration in 1993 - was repealed in July, allowing openly homosexual men and women to serve in the armed forces.
"It's amazing, and I think primarily how it's been reacted [to] within the troops has been more inspirational than anything," she told FOX411's Pop Tarts column at amfAR's Inspiration Gala Los Angeles to benefit the Foundation's AIDS research programs. "My brother flies F16's in the Air Force, and for him, it's been a non-issue this entire time, and for most military people I know it's the same. It's us out here in the public that has a problem with it, which I think is a pity. Just like anything, it's new and uncomfortable for them at first, and then it's normal."
McGowan recently revealed to this column that she was preparing to embark on a second USO tour to Afghanistan.
"(The troops) get really sad and forget because they feel like people have forgotten them," she said.. "So I'm just a representative, a vessel, showing that people are thinking of them."