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Dadt Repeal

All American Soldiers Are Worthy of Our Respect

Leslie Herod | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Leslie Herod

For the sake of our service men and women overseas, we should all hope that those GOP candidates aspiring to be commander-in-chief stand up with one voice and express regret for condoning an inexcusable display of intolerance.

Celebrating the End of DADT as Bisexuals

Denise Penn | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Denise Penn

As we celebrate the end of DADT and the expulsion of gays and lesbians from our military, remember that some were bisexual, and hopefully we can work toward fair treatment of transgender service members and veterans.

Don't Ask Don't Tell: Repeal the Repeal?

Ryan Kaminski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ryan Kaminski

GOP candidates must not only move beyond talking points to clarify how a DADT 2.0 would work, but also why the policy should be resurrected. It is time for all the GOP candidates in favor of a DADT 2.0 to answer three questions.

Repealing DADT Is a Major Step Forward, But There's Still More Work to Be Done

Christine C. Quinn | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christine C. Quinn

While this is a big step forward for the gay and lesbian service members, and the country at large, the repeal of DADT still doesn't mean complete equality in our armed forces. There are still several other discriminatory laws in place.

Why I Didn't Celebrate the Repeal of DADT

Miriam Ben-Shalom | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Miriam Ben-Shalom

As someone who fought military discrimination from 1974 to 1990 and was put out for telling the truth, not for misconduct, I do understand why there is joy in my community, but I am worried, as well.

Herman Cain: I Should Have Spoken Up After Gay Soldier Was Booed

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- (AP/The Huffington Post) Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says that he should not have stayed silent after the audience at ...

Amanda Terkel

Gay Military Members Wear Uniforms To Big LGBT Dinner | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 15th annual fundraising dinner for the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday was different from past events for one big reason: Openly g...

Amanda Terkel

Obama Blasts GOP Candidates' Silence When Gay Soldier Was Booed | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama forcefully called for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act on Saturday night at the annual Human Rights Campaign fu...

Obama Headlines Gay Rights Dinner

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a sharp rebuke of his Republican rivals, President Barack Obama said anyone who wants to be commander in chief must support the entir...

Pentagon: Military Chaplains May Perform Same-Sex Unions

AP | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation. The ruling ann...

LGBT Military Discrimination Is Gone!... Kind Of

Eric Ethington | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eric Ethington

On Sept. 20th, 2011, the discriminatory military policy known as Don't Ask Don't Tell, enacted by Congress in 1993, was officially reversed. But that shouldn't imply that discrimination against these service members has actually ended.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.24.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week brought both the exhilaration of watching our country make progress on the road to a more perfect union, and the disappointment of watching it stumble back. On Tuesday, the misguided "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy officially ended, finally allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military. A day later, the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis, a black man accused of killing a white police officer more than 20 years ago, despite what GOP Rep. Bob Barr called the conviction's reliance on "the skimpiest of evidence," and, in the words of former FBI director William Sessions, "pervasive, persistent doubts" about Davis' guilt. The day after that, at the latest GOP debate, a gay soldier's question about DADT drew boos from the crowd and silence from the candidates, who returned to arguing over which of them is most opposed to government intrusion into the lives of citizens -- lethal injections aside, of course.

Santorum Blasted By Conservative Gay Rights Group Over DADT

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

The conservative gay rights group GOProud condemned Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum on Friday for saying he would reinstate the military...

Sam Stein

Rick Santorum: DADT Repeal Has Been 'Detrimental' For Gay Soldiers | Sam Stein | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

ORLANDO -- The most provocative moment from Thursday night's Republican presidential primary debate came when a few members of the crowd booed an open...

Jason Linkins

GOP Debate Audience's Shocking Reaction To Gay Soldier | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

During the Republican debate Thursday night, host Megyn Kelly dropped a YouTube clip on Rick Santorum: a question from Stephen Hill, a soldier in Iraq...

Repeal of DADT for LGB's, but not T's

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

While our lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) servicemembers now have a policy in place to protect them from discrimination, the repeal of DADT doesn't protect our transgender servicemembers.

DADT May Be Gone, But Its Bigoted Legacy Remains

Noah Baron | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Noah Baron

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" might be over, but the legacy of second-class status for LGBT Americans, including those who serve in the military, is not.

What DADT Repeal Means: In Their Own Words

Waymon Hudson | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Waymon Hudson

Rather than write about the discriminatory policy, I thought it would be best to hear what the repeal means to the men and women serving... in their own words.

Andrea Stone

Gays Discharged Under DADT Face Tough Odds To Rejoin Military | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday's parties celebrating the end of "don't ask, don't tell" are giving way to a morning-after reality: gays who left the military b...

WATCH: Kimmel Shows How Marines Train Post-DADT

Posted 11.21.2011 | Comedy

Since the military's repeal of its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy went into effect this week, a lot of people are probably wondering if anything will ...

A Truly Proud Day

Victor Fehrenbach | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Victor Fehrenbach

With the help of President Obama and his commitment to further equality, the military is stronger -- stronger because we are always a stronger people and country when everyone is invited to the table.

The Demise of DADT

Ian Thompson | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Ian Thompson

Today as DADT takes its rightful place in history's dustbin, it's worth reflecting on some of the important lessons in all of this.

5 Women Whose Lives Were Changed By DADT

The Huffington Post | Meghan Neal | Posted 11.20.2011 | Women

Today saw the long-awaited repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the 1993 law prohibiting gay men and women from serving openly in the U.S. military. The...

The End of DADT

Mary Jo Kilroy | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Mary Jo Kilroy

We should celebrate this victory and congratulate those who worked so hard to make this happen. Then we need to get back to work to make sure that discrimination against LGBT service members also comes to an end.

What DADT Repeal Means to Me

Rob Smith | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Rob Smith

As a young gay soldier who served between the ages of 17 and 22, DADT forced me to live a life that was defined by a fear of being open about my sexuality.