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Dadt Repeal

Hidden History Helped End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Cindy Abel | Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Cindy Abel

Who knows how many stories like this one have gone untold; how many lives were wrecked by policies rooted in pure prejudice, whether they were discharged or in hiding; and how many closeted servicemembers worked from the inside to dismantle, brick by brick, the DADT wall?

Government Awards Full Benefits To Wife Of Female Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice Johnson, whose wife was killed fighting in Afghanistan, has received word from the Department of Veterans Af...

What Would You Say If Someone Asked You, 'Are You Transgender?'

Fiona Dawson | Posted 04.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Fiona Dawson

I can't remember the day I learned that transgender people were still banned from serving in the United States military. But I do know I met that fact with shock. How shortsighted of me to not consider them in our work. Why had I not known this before?

A Gathering Storm of Bigotry and Discrimination

Tom Carpenter | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

The claim by fundamentalists to be protecting "religious liberty" is true-these proposed laws and restrictions are indeed their attempt to create special rights to advance their religious beliefs at the expense of others who disagree with them.

My Way (According to Bob Gates)

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Gates' book is getting a lot of attention because he slams Vice President Biden, Congress and its leaders, various White House staffers, even President Obama. But the DADT sections reveal a petulant Gates determined to be the quarterback making the calls on DADT, not the president.

How LGBT Organizations Can Be Better Transgender Advocates

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 04.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

As we win marriage equality, the focus of the right wing is shifting to "religious liberty" and anti-transgender legislation. Organizations will have to become more competent with transgender issues while figuring out how to raise money to advocate on the same.

The DoD's Self-Inflicted Wound

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

If the Department of Defense doesn't want to be dealing with situations like the one at the Air Force Academy all the time, then an Equal Opportunity (EO) policy covering sexual orientation needs to be put in place. At any time, President Obama could issue an executive order.

The Real Gay Agenda

Tom Carpenter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Carpenter

The LGBT community must recognize that most of the battles that lie ahead in the fight for equality will be waged over the issue of "religious liberty." It is time for every fair-minded American to recognize the all-out assault on their fellow LGBT citizens, particularly those serving in uniform.

A Soldier Who Changed His Country

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Former Army Sergeant Darren Manzella, who was killed in an auto accident in upstate New York last Thursday at the age of 36, was one of those unassuming individuals who had simply had enough when he decided to step forward and speak out.

Transgender Service Must be a Priority

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

For transgender Americans, though, full participation in public life still eludes us.Transgender people are now lagging far behind the LGB community in nearly every measurable area. Open service, and the implicit recognition as full citizens it conveys, is our best opportunity to start closing it.

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.

20 Years Ago Today, Bill Clinton Announced 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics

President Bill Clinton announced the military's policy on gay service members on July 19, 1993 -- 20 years ago today. The policy, known as "don't ask,...

Who's Really Protecting Religious Freedom for Military Catholics, the Catholic League or MRFF?

Chris Rodda | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Since the repeal of DADT, the stakes in the battle over religious freedom for our men and women in uniform have become much higher, and as the stakes have gotten higher, the lies have gotten bigger.

Of DOMA, Defense, Duplicity, and Diligence

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

Let freedom ring! It rang so loudly and clearly on June 26, 2013 at this nation's Supreme Court. It sounded a death knell for blatant oppressors. But ...

Manchin: I Was 'Wrong' To Vote Against DADT Repeal

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) reflected Saturday on his vote on the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, saying he was "wrong" to vot...

Picking Up The Pieces After DADT

Brian Stone | Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

It's been four years since I broke up with my partner. We're among the few, proud Americans who can say that official U.S. government policy ended our relationship. Today I'm going see him for the first time since that breakup.

WATCH: Adorable Gay Marine Couple Gushes About How They Met, Falling In Love

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 03.08.2013 | Gay Voices

How cute are these two? YouTube vlogger Jonathan Russell -- who goes by Russell -- and is affectionately known as "Your Favorite Gay Marine" made h...

WATCH: How DOMA Still Hurts One Gay Military Couple After DADT Repeal

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.21.2013 | Gay Voices

On the heels of the one-year anniversary of the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," U.S Marine Corps Captain Matthew Phelps made history when he became th...

Women In Combat: The Lessons Of Progress

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Seemingly out of nowhere, the Pentagon announced that it would lift its ban on women in combat. Just like that. No protracted national culture-war debate, no threats by conservatives to block progress -- in other words, nothing like the fight the nation saw over letting gays serve openly.

Gay Soldier Discharged Under DADT Gets Major Honor

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 01.18.2013 | Gay Voices

In 2002, David Hall was discharged from the U.S. Air Force for being gay under now extinct Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. Now, Hall, who serves as OutS...

Wall Street Keeps Winning: Can It Change?

Mike Lux | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

If people steal money and commit fraud and never have to go to jail or pay any real penalty, they generally keep doing it. It is equally true of street criminals and Wall Street bankers.

30 Days Of Holiday LGBT Giving: OutServe-SLDN

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.23.2012 | Gay 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 ...

Pentagon's Top Lawyer Resigns

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's top lawyer has resigned and says he will return to private practice. Jeh (jay) Johnson is stepping down at the end ...

WATCH: What Makes A Gay Soldier Different From A Straight Soldier?

Posted 11.12.2012 | Gay Voices

A poignant new video which aims to draw attention to how gay and lesbian soldiers continue to face discrimination even after the repeal of "Don't Ask,...

WATCH: Coming Out And Fighting For LGBT Rights As A Gay Iraq War Veteran

Rob Smith | Posted 01.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

This past Spirit Day I had the opportunity to speak about my experiences to college students attending a conference in upstate Pennsylvania. As we celebrate Veterans Day, it's important that we don't forget the contributions of LGBT people who have served our country.