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Gays in the Military

State of Our Gay Military Unions

Tracey Hepner | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Tracey Hepner

We have so much to be grateful for in 2015, but we are not finished. Together we must break the barriers remaining that result in a second-class citizen status, and we must continue to fight until all military families are treated equally.

Religious Accommodation -- A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Tom Carpenter | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

Anyone who has ever watched a Congressional hearing knows it is a set up. The majority runs the show. They select the majority of witnesses for any given panel. The outcome is preordained.

Hidden History Helped End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Cindy Abel | Posted 09.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Cindy Abel

Who knows how many stories like this one have gone untold; how many lives were wrecked by policies rooted in pure prejudice, whether they were discharged or in hiding; and how many closeted servicemembers worked from the inside to dismantle, brick by brick, the DADT wall?

Checkerboard Justice Cannot Stand

Tom Carpenter | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Brown, we are reminded that much like segregation, now is the time for the Supreme Court to address the important issue of the " inherently unequal" ban on same-gender marriages.

Gays And 'Trannies' Should Be Banned From The Military, Pundit Says

Posted 03.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Gay and lesbian service members have been able to serve openly since the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" in September 2011, but one notoriously righ...

An Incredible Look At Gay Military Members, Before And After DADT

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.20.2014 | Gay Voices

Documentary photographer Vincent Cianni offers a stark and stunning look at gay and lesbian service members in his forthcoming book, Gays in the Milit...

Liberty Institute's Kelly Shackelford Spreads 'Fear and Misinformation' at Air Force Academy Leadership Symposium

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

One of the speakers at this year's National Character & Leadership Symposium was Kelly Shackelford, the President & CEO of the Liberty Institute, which describes itself as "the largest legal organization dedicated solely to defending and restoring religious liberty in America."

American Heroes

Lynette Mae | Posted 04.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Lynette Mae

For those who remained in the military, the ever-present fear kept them firmly entrenched in the closet, unable to speak openly or acknowledge their own families in public. That was just the way it was. Then history shifted.

The Postponement of Obama's Health Care Law Is Getting Old: Why Does the President Continue to Compromise?

Michael Russnow | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Russnow

Doesn't it concern some among the Democratic leadership that the healthcare law may create lots of trouble for the party if all of its aspects have not had time to work out the kinks well before the 2016 election?

Marine Corps Grants Hal Faulkner Tear-Inducing Last Wish

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Zaslow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News

The United States Marine Corps. has finally given a gay former sergeant the long-awaited apology he deserved. Hal Faulkner, 79, joined the Marines...

Dan Choi, Leadership and the Cult of Personality

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Some survive the maelstrom and become stronger; others, like Dan, pay a very heavy price. Throwing the glare of heavy klieg lights on an already traumatized person is a recipe for disaster.

U.S. Air Force Academy -- It Doesn't Get Better

Tom Carpenter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

Setting off yet another scandal, the United States Air Force Academy has hired and promoted "ex-gay" cure advocate, Dr. Michael Rosebush, USAFA 1975, as a staff member for the Academy's Center of Character and Leadership Development.

Southern Baptist Leader Attacks Fellow Christians

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

This "crisis in the chaplaincy" is a self-inflicted wound caused by those who want special rights for service members and chaplains who share their particular conservative religious beliefs.

How Can Southern Baptist Military Chaplains Continue to Serve 'God and Country'?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

No longer can most Southern Baptist military chaplains continue to serve with integrity as military officers because their endorser, the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, has placed them in an unethical position.

Gay Servicemembers Turn To Proxy Weddings In Brazil

Posted 09.05.2013 | Gay Voices

As of Sept. 3, spouses of gay servicemembers are eligible to receive the federal benefits and privileges that married heterosexual spouses have alway...

Transgender Service Must be a Priority

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

For transgender Americans, though, full participation in public life still eludes us.Transgender people are now lagging far behind the LGB community in nearly every measurable area. Open service, and the implicit recognition as full citizens it conveys, is our best opportunity to start closing it.

Achieving Military Equality

Diane H. Mazur | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Diane H. Mazur

Freeloading on the military's popularity may be foolproof, but it is also foolish. It may work, but it doesn't make it smart. Every time we turn decisions over to the military and hope it does the right thing, we waste some of the critical capital of civilian control.

LOOK: Gay Sailor Pops The Question After Six Months At Sea

Posted 08.13.2013 | Gay Voices

It was quite the romantic scene at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. on Aug. 12, when a sailor on the USS New Mexico popped the question to h...

We Must Restore Honor to Gay Veterans Discharged Due to Sexual Orientation

Rep. Mark Pocan | Posted 09.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Rep. Mark Pocan

As we celebrate the considerable progress we've made toward full equality in our military, we cannot forget about those who continue to suffer because of the discriminatory policies of our past.

Lunch With Allyson Robinson

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 09.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

Many in the trans community had a hard time coming to terms with the idea that adding other requirements to the repeal of DADT, such as open trans service, was not really the same fight. As Allyson also was transgender, I had presumed that she would have the same opinion.

Military Gays Make Strange Bedfellows

Chris Rodda | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

As the old saying goes, politics makes strange bedfellows, and one of the big political issues currently making these strange bedfellows is the issue of gays in the military.

'Conscience Protections': A License to Bully

Tom Carpenter | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

The same conservative groups who opposed the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law, are pushing this amendment. They want to turn back the clock to a time when they could, with impunity, attack LGBT service members who were forced to serve in silence.

20 Years Ago Today, Bill Clinton Announced 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

President Bill Clinton announced the military's policy on gay service members on July 19, 1993 -- 20 years ago today. The policy, known as "don't ask,...

New Coalition Demands Christian Privilege

Tom Carpenter | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

The most extreme proponents of conservative Christian privilege combined forces on July 9 in a briefing outside the Capitol building. This coalition i...

Conservatives Realize DOMA Fears Were Unsubstantiated... Revert to Islamophobia

Blake Page | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Blake Page

I consider myself a rather lucky person. While some of what life has shown me has not been the brightest, happy chance and the miracles of improbabil...