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Dadt Repeal

Obama Hails DADT Repeal: 'Today, Every American Can Be Proud'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP/The Huffington Post) -- President Barack Obama is marking the end of the ban on gays serving in the military. He says the armed forces ...

HuffPost's New eBook Examines the Successful Fight to Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.05.2011 | Books
Arianna Huffington

Today finally marks the end of the deeply flawed policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" -- which for the last 17 years allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military... as long as they didn't admit they were gay or lesbian. Fittingly, it's also the publication day of HuffPost's second eBook, How We Won: Progressive Lessons from the Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Aaron Belkin's compelling exploration of the long road to repealing DADT. And Belkin should know since, as the founder and director of the Palm Center, he was among those working for over a decade to repeal it. His insider perspective gives a unique look at what went right and wrong, and provides a kind of best practices guide for civil rights fights going forward. READ MORE Fresh Eyes on America: Announcing "Patch: The Road Trip"

Gay Officer Sheds Alias After DADT Repeal

AP | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

By By LISA LEFF, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO -- J.D. Smith came into being when a gay student group in upstate New York needed a speaker to talk...

A Pivotal Moment

C. Dixon Osburn | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
C. Dixon Osburn

The official end to don't ask, don't tell is arguably one of the most significant civil rights achievements of the current generation. It signals that gay Americans are full citizens and should be treated equally.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Officially Ends

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

By ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- After years of debate and months of final preparations, the military can no longer prevent gays fro...

After DADT, Remembering Sacrifice

Edward A. Sweeney | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Edward A. Sweeney

Generations of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coastguardsman, and Marines have paved the way for the equality that me and my fellow brothers and sisters and arms will now enjoy. Their sacrifice will not go unnoticed.

What the Repeal of DADT Means for Me

Major Casey Moes | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Major Casey Moes

Although the repeal of DADT isn't an all-encompassing panacea for gays and lesbians serving in the military, the cruelest part of this policy has come to an end: I don't have to trade my values for my service.

Navy Officer, Partner Wed As Military's Gay Ban Formally Ends

AP | By WILSON RING | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

By WILSON RING, Associated Press DUXBURY, Vt. -- Just as the formal repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy took effect, Navy Lt. G...

Sara Kenigsberg

WATCH: Gay Officer Says DADT Repeal Will 'Take Some Getting Used To'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sara Kenigsberg | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military officially ended at 12:0...

Crystal Bell

A Deeper Look Into 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

HuffingtonPost.com | Crystal Bell | Posted 11.19.2011 | Entertainment

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, at midnight, the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) goes into effect. Yet, the stories of the nearly 14,000 service men who ...

Andrea Stone

GetEQUAL Plans Protests As Most Gay Groups Celebrate DADT Repeal

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy ends at midnight, and gay rights group GetEQUAL says it will sponsor protests in more than...

Pentagon: U.S. Military Is Ready For The End Of DADT

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

By ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The military has begun accepting applications from openly gay recruits but will not act on them unt...

Lawmakers Seek To Delay DADT Repeal

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two top Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee have asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to delay the new policy allowing gay...

Serving in Silence No Longer

Jon Davidson | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Jon Davidson

On September 20, we will celebrate the long overdue and unlamented end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. However, notwithstanding this momentous achievement that we justly celebrate Tuesday, much work remains to be done in the military context.

DADT Repeal Update: Roadblocks & Celebrations

Waymon Hudson | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Waymon Hudson

Ding dong, DADT is almost dead! The discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that keeps gay, lesbian, and bisexual soldiers from serving their co...

EXCERPT: 'How We Won': Progressive Lessons From The Repeal Of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' By Aaron Belkin

HPMG e-books | Posted 12.19.2011 | Books

What follows is an excerpt from Aaron Belkin's "How We Won," a behind-the-scenes account of the strategies that helped overturn the ban on gays and le...

Andrea Stone

Gay Group Issues Do's And Don'ts For Celebrating 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy will become history on Sept. 20, but for active-duty gays and lesbians planning to celebra...

'How We Won': Progressive Lessons From The Repeal Of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell' By Aaron Belkin

HPMG e-books | Posted 12.19.2011 | Books

Tuesday, Sept. 20, marked a civil rights milestone for the United States. By order of Congress, the 17-year ban on gay men and lesbians serving i...

The DADT Delusion

Billy Stiles | Posted 11.06.2011 | San Francisco
Billy Stiles

Yes, the United States has made a step in the right direction, but the reality of the situation for LGBT service members remains quite sad and very discouraging.

Celebrating the End of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Marc Wolf | Posted 11.01.2011 | Entertainment
Marc Wolf

When I met Justin Elzie, the first Marine expelled under Don't Ask, Don't Tell, he asked in which branch of the military I had served. I told him I had never served, and he was shocked that I, as a civilian, would work to bring the stories of silenced military personnel to the surface.

GOP Gay Rights Group: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Could Be Reinstated

AP | LISA LEFF and JULIE WATSON | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court wrestled Thursday with whether it can declare the military's ban on openly gay service members unconstit...

Dan Choi Trial Put On Hold

AP | By JESSICA GRESKO | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- A gay former Army lieutenant who handcuffed himself to the White House fence to protest the milit...

Dan Choi Testifies On White House Protest, Says He Is Being Targeted

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A gay former Army officer arrested outside the White House for protesting the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the...

Dan Choi On Trial For 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Protest

AP | JESSICA GRESKO | Posted 10.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A gay former Army lieutenant arrested for handcuffing himself to a White House fence during a protest is being treated differently ...

Gay Servicemembers Tell Their Stories After DADT Repeal

GQ | CHRIS HEATH | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics

On a day to come very soon--September 20, 2011--a serviceman's sexuality will no longer be grounds for dismissal from the U.S. Armed forces. These are...