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Gays in the Military

Slogging Towards Repeal

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

The nation's armed forces are stretched thin, very thin. Repeal of DADT is a national security issue, first and last.

ReThinking The Times of Harvey Milk: You Earned Your Medal, and a Lot More

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Obama is awarding a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the nation's highest civilian honor -- to Harvey Milk.

Happy Birthday Rahm

Aaron Belkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

Rahm Emanuel's fiftieth birthday is not until November 29, but the gay community has been working hard on his gift, and is in the process of delivering one hell of a present.

The Honeymoon's Over Mr. President - Now Deal with Guantanamo, Gay Rights and Health Care

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

The true test of a president is not how he performs with the wind at his back, but how he performs in the face of stiff resistance.

New Twist in Bisexual Sailor's Murder -- Victim's Aunt Says Suspect Feared Being Outed

Pam Spaulding | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pam Spaulding

The murder victim's sexual orientation is not a reason to keep gays and lesbians from serving in the US armed forces; it's a matter of prosecuting those who harass, maim and kill.

Probing the Pentagon: Are Gays Really More Dangerous than Neo-Nazis?

J. Richard Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
J. Richard Cohen

A neo-Nazi skinhead who wants to obtain weapons and combat training to use in a future, domestic "race war" can most likely continue serving in the US army with impunity.

Athena Crossing the Potomac

Rachel Natelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Natelson

Many figures have decried the inequity of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," the president and Congress to repeal the law. However, one community has remained resolutely silent: national veterans service organizations.

Will We Wait Until Another Gay Sailor Is Murdered?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Last week a 29-year-old gay sailor was found shot to death at a guard shack at Camp Pendleton. His death is Exhibit A for why the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy should end now.

But Am I Safer, Mr. Secretary?

Kerry Eleveld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kerry Eleveld

With all due respect, Mr. Secretary, the next time you're mulling the ouster of gay service members, skip the paternalism and just tell us whether we're safer.

Invisible

Ben Cartwright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ben Cartwright

As a committed and patriotic partner of a gay servicemember who has served a tour in Iraq and is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan, one word best sums up my experience: Invisible.

Sweet Speech, Mr. President - But Where Was the Apology? And Where's the Action?

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Ocamb

If "equality" is a founding principle for freedom -- how do you justify withholding "equality for all" from LGBT people for any amount of time?

Olbermann: Obama Stonewalling On "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Keith Olbermann brought on author and noted gay rights activist Dan Savage to discuss whether President Obama is stonewalling on "Don't Ask, Don't Tel...

Thank You Congress

Aaron Belkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

Today, 77 members of Congress sent a letter to the White House urging President Obama to take the lead on "don't ask, don't tell" by issuing an immediate moratorium on further gay discharges.

Federal Benefits, OK. But Still No Gays in the Military. Why Not?

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Blaise Zerega

This provocative video report suggests that there has been some horse trading between gay rights groups and Capitol Hill

Conservatives Shift In Favor Of Openly Gay Service Members

The Huffington Post | Megan Slack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A new Gallup poll shows that 69 percent of Americans are now in favor of openly gay men and women serving in the military, up from 63 percent five yea...

Five Reasons Not to March on Washington DC This October

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Ocamb

I am stunned that Obama has so flagrantly forgotten, despite being a constitutional scholar, that equality is the first core founding principle of this country.

A Memorial Day Salute to My Partner's Father

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Although plagued by racial segregation, the armed forces brought people of every background together and made plain our common identity as Americans. Today, only openly gay and lesbian people are restricted from this opportunity.

Memorial Day 2009 - A Look at Women in the Military

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

Hopefully, in between the barbecues and the parades, our citizens will reflect on both the physical and emotional challenges that our service women have -- and continue -- to face.

Air Force Boots Their 25 Million Dollar Aviator (He's Gay) VIDEO

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

The Air Force is about to discharge this guy, a virtual poster boy for recruiting, because he is gay? Someone has to be kidding. This is sheer madness.

"Gay, or Straight, Black, or White: Love is Love, Right is Right!" Right?

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Henry Adams

Many activist gays have readily embraced the notion that "Queers" are "today's African Americans," with marriage equality an issue comparable to earlier more bitter struggles for civil rights.

Time to Pass HR 1283 and Let Gays Serve in the Military

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Sedaei

It is hard to believe that this country continues to debate simple issues of discrimination in 2009.

Obama To Fire His First Gay Arabic Linguist

Aaron Belkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

A new study, about to be published by a group of experts in military law, shows that President Obama does, in fact, have stroke-of-the-pen authority to suspend gay discharges.

President Obama - Give Us an LGBT Advocate

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Ocamb

"Equal rights," while always counted in the litany of core liberal and progressive principles and "values," always is set aside or thrown under the bus in favor of some real or imagined political expediency.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Blow It

Joan Garry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Garry

In 1993, Bill Clinton signed "Don't Ask Don't Tell" into law. And 16 years later, the gay community has a friend in the White House again and it looks like we are going to get another turn at bat.

White House Reiterates Its Commitment To Repealing 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

America Blog | John Aravosis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's been a disturbing 24 hours. But the White House has just updated its Web site to indicate that it continues to support the repeal of the Don't As...