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The Shameful Senate Vote That Denied Gay Veterans the Benefits They Earned

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Forty-two Republicans, none of whom even bothered to speak in opposition, voted to continue discrimination, and my amendment was defeated. Some of those Republicans had previously voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, so they retreated from their earlier stand against workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans.

The Gay Military Hero You've Probably Never Heard Of

Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jennifer Bendery

WASHINGTON -- Leonard Matlovich. Does the name ring any bells? It didn't for me until today. But it was his tombstone that I used to jog by a couple ...

A Ray Of Hope For Lesbian Veteran Denied Burial Next To Wife?

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho, April 30 (Reuters) - A retired U.S. Army colonel on Wednesday offered up his burial plot in the Idah...

Pub Cuts Off Sam Adams Beer After Brewery's Pro-Gay Move

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The company behind the popular Sam Adams beer made headlines this week after they pulled support from the Boston St. Patrick's Day parade in the wake ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Administration Makes Big Announcement About Gay Veterans | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has cleared the way for the spouses of gay veterans to receive military benefits, with the Justice Department d...

Ryan J. Reilly

Gay Veterans' Spouses Still Can't Get Benefits | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Gay spouses of military veterans are not able to obtain the benefits given to straight couples even despite the Supreme Court's ruling o...

Our Quietest Advocate? 3 Pro-LGBT Actions From The Military That You Don't Know About

Katie Miller | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Katie Miller

Staying true to its nonpartisan roots, or at least attempting not to appear overtly pro-LGBT, the military has developed quite a portfolio of not-well-publicized socially progressive initiatives under the Obama administration. Here are a few things they've been up to under the gaydar.

WATCH: Coming Out And Fighting For LGBT Rights As A Gay Iraq War Veteran

Rob Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Smith

This past Spirit Day I had the opportunity to speak about my experiences to college students attending a conference in upstate Pennsylvania. As we celebrate Veterans Day, it's important that we don't forget the contributions of LGBT people who have served our country.

A Year After 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Chad Griffin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chad Griffin

Far from the catastrophe predicted by the opponents of equality, the only shock of DADT repeal seems to be that there was no shock at all. Of course, the American people are beginning to notice a trend here.

Reflecting On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

Brian Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Stone

Today is a reminder that President Obama fights for all Americans. On the first anniversary of the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," gay servicemembers like me -- and all Americans -- have plenty to be grateful for.

One Year Anniversary of the End of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Aboard the USS Intrepid

Elizabeth Birch | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabeth Birch

Just as World War II was ending, Melvin Dwork, a handsome young American sailor, was given a dishonorable discharge because he was gay. Now 94, Dwork will celebrates his now honorable discharge.

WATCH: Gay Veteran Discharged Under DADT Re-enlists

Posted 12.25.2011 | Chicago

Story by Erica Demarest, courtesy of the Windy City Times: Discharged veteran Lee Reinhart made history Oct. 24 when he became the first known open...

PHOTOS: Slashed Float Tires Are No Match For Chicago's Pride

Posted 05.31.2012 | Chicago

Even after someone slashed dozens of tires on floats heading to Chicago's Pride Parade, the energy and excitement at the 42nd annual celebration of qu...

PHOTOS: LGBT Servicemembers Observe Veteran's Day In Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Courtesy of the Windy City Times. Photos: Erin Hoyt and Tracy Baim Text: Jean Albright As the country debates Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Chicagoans pai...

The War At Home: What Veterans Day Means For Gay Vets

Lt. Dan Choi | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lt. Dan Choi

For some veterans, the healing cannot begin until we enlist in another war at home. Since joining the ranks of gay veterans, I have publicly called this war a battle for equality, integrity, and many other powerful platitudes

Sam Stein

Gay Veterans Chain Themselves To White House Gate, Demand DADT Repeal (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For the second time in as many days, protesters targeted the office of the president demanding that the White House take quicker action to repeal Don'...

Repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell Now

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

This week hundreds of gay and lesbians veterans flooded the halls of U.S. Capitol as part of Veterans Lobby Day on DADT. But our stories of valor and patriotism were not all received by willing ears.