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Transgender Service Members

Athletes and Ambassadors in 2014

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

2014 saw a mixture of advances and stark reminders of continued injustice. The gay journey in America proceeded on many paths in 2014. Here are highlights.

What Chuck Hagel Needs to Understand

Justine Valinotti | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Justine Valinotti

While the notion that transgenderism is mainly if not entirely a medical condition may have helped remove a little bit (though certainly not much) of the stigma attached to being a trans person, it also limits us. And it will limit the military.

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.

Is the Department of Defense Changing on Transgender Policy?

Brian Stone | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

In the recent LGBT Pride Month Celebration at the Pentagon, President Obama's top adviser and the Secretary of Defense both used soaring terms to praise the fight for LGBT equality in the military. There's just one problem: Transgender persons are still barred from service.

Born Which Way?

Laura Krughoff | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Laura Krughoff

I believe people should be free to marry whomever they choose. Basing that claim on who was born which way, however, demonstrates either ignorance or foolishness. An open discussion of gender identity might help all of us, LGB or straight, transgender or not, recognize this.

Nail Polish Wars: The Truth About Transgender Service

Brian Stone | Posted 12.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

In 2011 I met a young transgender sailor, Ayden, who was born male but feels she was meant to be a female. Now that she's discharged, I can tell her story. It's a story that paints the landscape of transgender issues in the military, which are alive and well long after the repeal of DADT.