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Life After DOMA: The LGBT Military Community Prepares for the Next Fight

Allyson D. Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allyson D. Robinson

The challenges LGBT people face in America won't simply dematerialize as we achieve each new policy objective. Passing good laws and enacting good policies is hard work, but changing culture is much harder.

Allyson Robinson, Transgender Veteran, To Lead Advocacy Group For LGBTs In Military

The Huffington Post | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

WASHINGTON -- In a move that may signal the next major battle over equality in the armed forces, the newly combined groups that represent gays in the ...

LISTEN: Retired Navy Captain Talks Being Denied A Request To Discuss Marriage Equality With RNC Platform Committee

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I talked with Retired Navy Captain Joan Darrah about a letter she wrote to Governor Bob McDonnell (R-Va.), chairman of the Republican National Convention's platform committee, asking to address the committee in support of marriage equality.

Andrea Stone

SLDN, OutServe Join Forces To Fight For Gays In Military | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

WASHINGTON -- A veteran advocacy organization that pioneered in pushing to repeal the military's ban on the service of openly gay soldiers is joining ...

Gay Soldier Booed at GOP Debate Pushes For Marriage Equality

The Huffington Post | Erin Mershon | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics

The U.S. servicemember who was booed during a Republican presidential debate for asking about the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" lent his voice to ...

GOP Launches New Attack On Gay Rights In Military

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.10.2012 | Politics

While gay members of the military now enjoy the right to marry openly, the House Armed Services Committee attempted to ensure on Wednesday that they w...

Gay Air Force Vet Gets Justice In Court

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When gay veterans discharged under "don't ask, don't tell" sought to rejoin the military last year, some ran into difficulties returning to the ranks ...

Andrea Stone

Charlie Morgan Takes Battle With DOMA To Capitol Hill | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Charlie Morgan, the lesbian National Guardsman who is battling Stage IV breast cancer and the Defense of Marriage Act that would deny su...

Andrea Stone

Lesbian Guardsman Battling Cancer To Tell Boehner Staff That Her Wife Deserves Benefits | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A lesbian National Guardsman -- who is fighting Stage IV breast cancer and who fears time is running out for overturning the Defense of ...

Gay Military Spouse Speaks Out On His Husband Getting Booed At GOP Debate

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

Josh Snyder, the husband of the gay soldier booed at a September Republican presidential debate, appeared on MSNBC Thursday to discuss the incident an...

Max J. Rosenthal

Gay Troops Bring Lawsuit To Overturn DOMA | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just over a month after the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network on Thursday announced a lawsuit se...

Andrea Stone

Same-Sex Married Troops Ready To Sue Over Military Benefits | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

LAS VEGAS -- The gay advocacy group that successfully lobbied to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy plans to file a lawsuit in feder...

Andrea Stone

Gay Troops, Included But Not Equal | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

LAS VEGAS -- Amid the joy of meeting in public for the first time and with the novelty of the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" receding, active-duty ...

A Pivotal Moment

C. Dixon Osburn | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
C. Dixon Osburn

The official end to don't ask, don't tell is arguably one of the most significant civil rights achievements of the current generation. It signals that gay Americans are full citizens and should be treated equally.

Andrea Stone

Gay Group Issues Do's And Don'ts For Celebrating 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy will become history on Sept. 20, but for active-duty gays and lesbians planning to celebra...

Andrea Stone

How-To Guide: Everything Gay Troops Need To Know Once DADT Repeal Becomes Official | Andrea Stone | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Is it required to come out if you're a gay or lesbian service member? Is it safe for gay troops to confide in their chaplain? Which bene...

Chief Accused of Hazing Forced From Navy, Keeps Rank

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

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By Charlie Foster An assistant secretary ...

Ryan Grim

DADT Repeal Vote 'Too Close To Call'; Lady Gaga Hosts Rally In Maine | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's a "gorgeous day" in Portland, Maine, where opponents of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy are already beginning to gather at University of South...

Navy Chief Accused of Hazing Likely to Retire at Full Pay

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

Since it was announced last October, the terms of Michael Toussaint's retirement have come under scrutiny that is unprecedented for an enlisted sailor.

FRC's Peter Sprigg Supports "Criminal Sanctions" Against the Gay Community

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alvin McEwen

Family Research Council spokesperson Peter Sprigg proved that in a head-to-head debate with facts on hand, religious right groups can't get away with their nonsense.

It's Chow Time at the White House, Brother

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

What gays and lesbians are looking for -- and will be marching for on Sunday -- is nothing special, and that's exactly the point. It's what every other American already has: equal treatment under the law

The Pentagon's Awkward "If" Problem

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

That we can or should allow gays to serve openly only after -- or iff -- we end one or both wars is the most obvious of red herrings. It will take years for the wars to "end."

On Don't Ask Don't Tell, Army's Ready, So What's the Hold-up?

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Here's an idea: Let's just keep our best troops, no matter what their background or orientation. Momentum is picking up in Congress behind that notion, but we still need the President to make his move.

Where the People Lead, the Leaders Will Follow

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Gallup brings good news. Across the political spectrum, a growing majority of Americans favor allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the military.

Don't Tell, But the Military Is Now Recruiting Foreigners

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Foreigners on student or work visas are probably at least as good a bet as the serious felons the armed forces have been reduced to chasing after. Provided they're straight, of course.