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Obama To Nominate First Openly Gay Army Secretary

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday announced plans to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the U.S. Army, making him the first openly gay secret...

Filmmaker Garry DuFour Talks Documentary Atomic Veterans Speak (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

From 1942 until 1962 almost 200,000 U.S. soldiers were often unknowingly exposed to different levels of radiation during the testing of atomic and hydrogen weapons.

The Ban On Transgender Individuals In The Military May Soon Be Lifted

AP | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formal...

Jennifer Bendery

Pentagon Adds 'Sexual Orientation' To Military's Anti-Discrimination Policy | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Tuesday that the Pentagon has added "sexual orientation" as a protected class under its Milita...

Jennifer Bendery

Banned From Serving Openly, Transgender Veteran To Attend Pentagon Event In Uniform | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When the Pentagon holds its Pride Month event next week honoring gay and lesbian service members, Sheri Swokowski will be there to make ...

Meet One Of The First Cross-Service, Same-Sex Military Couple To Wed

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Kevin and Brian are one the first same-sex, cross-service couples in the military to get married -- and their wedding was absolutely beautiful. The...

Jennifer Bendery

Transgender Troops In Other Nations Are Proof That Inclusive Militaries Work | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cpl. Natalie Murray has been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 27 years. She is a radar technician, and she has been deployed as...

Paige Lavender

Note From Clinton Documents Offers Grim Look At How Unthinkable Coming Out In Military Used To Be | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 1993, the head of the U.S. Marine Corps -- known for his outspoken opposition to allowing gays to serve in the military -- told Presi...

WATCH: Get A Preview Of Outfest Queer Film Fest

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. Check back every F...

Michelangelo Signorile

Transgender Navy Sailor Who Was Discharged Gets Frank In Our Exclusive Interview | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Landon Wilson was serving as a Dominance Warfare Specialist in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Afghanistan, when his life was turned upside down one day l...

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

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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...

Gay And Lesbian Military Members Perform Drag Show

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

While millions of eyes were on the Oscars this weekend, another display of talent was going on at a military base. On Saturday, six gay, lesbian a...

Honoring Fallen LGBT Police, Firefighters, Military And EMS Workers

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The "LGBT Fallen Heroes Fund" is an organization that seeks to identify, honor and memorialize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) police, f...

LOOK: Gay Marine Receives Rainbow Flag From His Unit On Last Day Of Service

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A gay marine received a rainbow flag on his last day of service with the phrase "Served With Pride" stitched under the Marine Corps logo. Originally p...

Military's 'Homosexual Takeover' Will Undermine Possible Syria Strike, Right-Wing Pundit Claims

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

American Family Association radio host Sandy Rios is back in action, this time claiming that the "homosexual takeover" of the American military since ...

All Aboard The Rainbow Railroad!

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

On Aug. 14, the Department of Defense took a fundamental step forward when it announced it would extend spousal and family benefits to legally married...

U.S. Soldiers In Afghanistan Reportedly Using Craigslist For Gay Sex

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Soldiers deployed in Afghanistan are reportedly utilizing Craigslist, an Internet site which offers want ads, personal ads, rooms for rent and more, t...

Divorcing the Marine Corps

Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Women
Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D.

Before joining the Marines, my femaleness had never been presented to me so vividly-- nor had I ever felt so "female" in my life. Tradition reminds us, "Boys will be boys." What if I refuse to accept that maxim, ideology and license for aggression?

Has It Really Gotten Better For Gay Military Couples?

AP | By MICHAEL BIESECKER and DAVID CRARY | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sgt. Karen Alexander fought for her country in Iraq, but back home she often feels the U.S. Army is fighting against her. Married to...

LOOK: LGBT Military Group Issues Expectations Should Hagel Become Secretary Of Defense | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

(WASHINGTON, DC) Army veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson issued the following statement today as multiple reports surfaced ...

30 Days Of Holiday LGBT Giving: OutServe-SLDN

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Note: This holiday season, in lieu of a traditional holiday gift guide, we'll be featuring a different LGBT organization each day for our "30 Days Of ...

Same-Sex Military Spouse Discrimination At Fort Bragg: What's The Bigger Picture?

Stephen Peters | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Stephen Peters

While the situation in Fort Bragg is still developing, this whole situation could have been avoided if the DoD had made the aforementioned changes soon after the repeal of DADT and issued same-sex spouses military identification cards as "family members."

Let's Celebrate... Then Let's Make History Again

Allyson D. Robinson | Posted 11.09.2012 | Queer Voices
Allyson D. Robinson

If my own service as an Army officer taught me anything, it's this: you don't win the next battle by talking about the last one. You win it by digging deeper, pushing harder and sacrificing more, or else you don't win it at all.

A Fact-Based Foreign Policy? Ask the Candidates About 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathaniel Frank

If Republicans believe openly gay service is a threat to national security, shouldn't they fight to reinstate the ban? And if they were wrong in that belief, shouldn't they be forced to say so?

Lila Shapiro

A Year After DADT Repeal, Some Service Members Must Still Hide | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," and to honor the occasion, President Obama tweeted "All Americans c...