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Brian is a gay U.S. Navy veteran who lives in Metro Detroit. During his time in the Navy, he worked as a Mass Communications Specialist in Southeast Asia.

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LGBT Elites Need to KISS

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 2:23 PM

No, not like that. By KISS I mean Keep It Simple and Stupid. Anybody else notice that we're getting a little verbose?

I'll be called out as a hetero-normative cisgender supporter of the patriarchy for saying this, but it would be nice if we could use English to talk...

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"Speech Is Power" At Military's First Official Pride Month

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2014 | 7:13 AM

Five years ago I became a Mass Communications Specialist, representing the Navy publicly while struggling with the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy privately. Recently I came back to the place that trained me as the keynote speaker for a celebration of the Department of Defense's first official LGBT History Month....

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Detroit Regional Transit Still Chugging Along

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 1:12 PM

When you think about "sexy" news topics and political debates, is transportation at the top of your list? Probably not.

Yet, in the state that gave birth to the modern Automotive industry people are finding that basic transportation is getting to be a problem. Whether it's the deteriorating state of...

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Michigan On Sale in Time for Memorial Day

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 11:01 AM

If someone told you that your state was up for sale and gave you the option of deciding the price, how much would you ask for?

Would you ask for a billion? A hundred billion? A trillion? After all, they're only asking for the right to your democracy. Would you...

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Why Legal Equality Isn't Real Equality

(12) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 6:56 PM

Despite all of the recent progress on gay marriage, we are still living in a country that is deeply, deeply ignorant and bigoted. This last Friday, a federal judge finished hearing testimony in Detroit concerning the gay marriage lawsuit in Michigan. Most of the testimony in the trial was about...

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50 Shades of Control: Facebook Knows Best?

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Immediately after Facebook's announced they were adding 50 new gender options I got a bunch of emails from fellow veterans. As the unofficial gay best friend for the Southeast Michigan veteran community, I get asked a lot of whacky questions, but this one seemed pretty reasonable:

"Why 50?"

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Are You Thinking About Hurting Yourself? Don't: We Love You.

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 1:43 PM

Every year the holiday season is particularly hard on the LGBT community. Let's face it: you can't watch television without being inundated with commercials showing men and women kissing and giving each other gifts. It can be depressing, un-inclusive and make everything worse if you don't have a perfect relationship...

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How Indifference Is (One) Sign of LGBT Progress

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 3:52 PM

There's a great debate going on here at The Huffington Post and I'd bet money this is going to shape the LGBT community for decades. The question has been raised: is the point of the gay rights movement to make us accepted as normal, or to get the larger society...

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What Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black Revealed About the Gay Community

(49) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 7:01 PM

Since UK Olympic Diver Tom Daley made his decision to come out as, well, whatever it is that he is, some have been making waves within the gay community about his rumored partner, Dustin Lance Black.

Black, who describes himself as a "screenwriter, producer, director and social...

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How the Military Assaults Gay (and Straight) Marriage

(10) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 4:58 PM

In a month, I'll be at the wedding of an old shipmate of mine in St. Louis. She was engaged to her partner four years ago when we met, stationed out in Japan. So why the long wait? Because she was affected by a little-known policy in the Department of...

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What Gays Can Do With Money After It's Worthless

(9) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 9:11 PM

With the debt ceiling approaching and the possibility of a global financial collapse, I think it's time that we talk about the bright side of things. For instance, what will we gay folk do with our useless cash? There are endless possibilities.

After World War I Germans used

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Not Again! 'Same Love' School Censorship

(29) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Once again, a teacher is in trouble for playing Macklemore's "Same Love" in class. In a situation reminiscent of the case I wrote about in South Lyon, Mich., the video was deemed "inappropriate" by a North Carolina superintendent, and the teacher was reprimanded without much explanation.

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One Great Leap Forward: Defense Department Offering Full Benefits to Same-Sex Military Spouses

(9) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 6:41 PM

It's almost impossible to imagine: The Department of Defense has announced that no later than Sep. 3, 2013, same-sex spouses of military personnel will receive all the spousal benefits that different-sex military spouses receive, in addition to special leave to travel to a state where they can be...

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Anti-Gay Laws Are Symbols of Russian Decline

(45) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 7:03 PM

In 2010 my old ship, USS Blue Ridge, pulled into the East Russian port of Vladivostok. Considering that our ship was built during the Vietnam War, I expected to be outdone. I expected to see mighty Russian warships, but instead I witnessed a small flotilla of rusting metal...

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Is the Department of Defense Changing on Transgender Policy?

(25) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 2:57 PM

In the recent LGBT Pride Month Celebration at the Pentagon, President Obama's top adviser and the Secretary of Defense both used soaring terms to praise the fight for LGBT equality in the military. There's just one problem: the "T" in "LGBT" means "transgender," and transgender persons are still barred from...

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Let's Celebrate Straight Allies Too

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 3:08 PM

This year has been a whirlwind of change for LGBT rights because of the blood, sweat and tears of so many dedicated LGBT activists over these last four decades.

Yet we can't celebrate our recent victories without acknowledging the people who helped us get here even though they never had...

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Fighting Racism After Boston

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 3:14 PM

After 9/11, my high school cafeteria split in half. Arab-Americans on one side, everybody else on the other. I don't know why, but I felt like I had to choose a side. I chose to sit with nobody.

Growing up in Dearborn, Mich., I lived in a city where 40...

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Controversy Over Michigan GOP Official Dave Agema's Anti-Gay Comments Shows That Times Have Changed

(17) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 11:40 AM

A Michigan GOP official recently posted on Facebook that he believes that being gay is similar to alcoholism. Former Republican State Rep. Dave Agema has been getting a lot of press for his anti-gay comments. The good news is that even though the national party recently...

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Picking Up the Pieces After DADT

(24) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 1:46 PM

It's been four years since I broke up with my partner. We're among the few, proud Americans who can say that official U.S. government policy ended our relationship. Today I'm going see him for the first time since that breakup. As nervous as I am, this story is a joy...

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For the Love of... Hate Mail!

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 4:49 PM

When I was in boot camp they said you weren't a real Sailor until your shoulders were covered in sea salt.

I was so excited when, one day, out at sea, I realized my shoulders had a nice dusting of white, fluffy salt granules.

Recently, I received the LGBT-activism equivelant....

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