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Gays in the Military

Killing DADT Is the Honorable Thing

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

In the United States we need to distinguish ourselves from countries, like our NATO ally Turkey, who continue officially to regard homosexuality as shameful.

Obama Strikes Back -- First Year Agenda, Phase III

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

Phase III: Obama Strikes Back. The Republicans are still leaderless and teabaggers have hung up their Lipton for the winter. Meanwhile, two-thirds of Americans still want health care reform.

The Big Gay Speech We Wish Obama Would Give

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

I'm sure his speechwriters have cooked up something special for Saturday, but I've got a few ideas of my own. I've written a speech for the beloved President -- the kind of speech we wish the man would give, just once.

Issue the Order: Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Ryan McDermott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan McDermott

Ordering the drafting of an implementation plan would be a tangible step forward in the right direction -- the President could make such an order today.

Marine Commandant Defies White House on Gay Troops

Aaron Belkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

Commandant General James Conway's opposition to the president on "don't ask, don't tell" could have many underlying implications. Some would say he should be taken out to the woodshed.

Edie Disler, Air Force Academy Professor, Disciplined For "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Discussion

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A professor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Edie Disler, alleges that she has been disciplined for inviting gay Academy graduates to spe...

Fresh Breeze Blowing in the Pentagon

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

An Air Force colonel's new article is the closest we've ever come to recognition by an official Pentagon publication that "don't ask, don't tell" has got to go, and go soon.

Jason Linkins

Pentagon Journal Calls For Repeal Of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

For a long while now, I've been of the mind that the current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that the Armed Forces enforces on its soldiers is pointles...

Joseph Christopher Rocha: Gay Sailor's Abuse To Be Reviewed By Navy

Youth Radio | Rachel Krantz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

After Youth Radio exposed a culture of hazing, including psychological and physical abuse, at a U.S. Navy canine unit in Bahrain, the nation's top Nav...

What Can Stop the Gay-Bashing in the Military?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Petty Officer Third Class Joseph Rocha was brutalized for more than two years at his base in Bahrain after his refusal to hire a prostitute raised suspicions that he was gay. This is not an academic debate.

Do the Ten Commandments Support Gays in the Military?

Bruce Feiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Feiler

The Ten Commandments do not mention homosexuality. But the Five Books of Moses do, in ways that have plagued homosexuals for centuries.

Gays, Guts and Reality: What Time Is the Right Time to Keep Obama's Promises?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

During the campaign, there was a belief that, in the same way African Americans saw Bill Clinton as the first black president, Obama would be the first gay president. That hasn't happened.

Homosexuality as a Weapon of Torture

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Ocamb

Policy makers must understand that if their job is to ultimately protect the citizenry, they are complicit in torture if they continue to dismiss abuse of power as "boys will be boys" or bullying or "hazing" as if everyone is just having some good clean fun.

Why Does Obama Use Executive Power for Everything But Gay Troops?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Sometimes moral and political leadership really are one and the same. Ending the needless firing of gay troops is one of those times.

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.


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?