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Eric Alva

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?

Gay Wounded Veteran Booed By Anti-LGBT Protesters

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics

Eric Alva, a gay Marine veteran who lost a leg during combat in the Iraq War, faced an unfriendly reception from anti-LGBT protesters in San Antonio, ...

Amanda Terkel

Gay Military Members Wear Uniforms To Big LGBT Dinner

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 15th annual fundraising dinner for the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday was different from past events for one big reason: Openly g...

Ending a Shameful Chapter In Our History

Patrick Murphy | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Patrick Murphy

Eric Alva was the first Purple Heart recipient in the war with Iraq. Like many who have fought for our nation, he is gay. And like the patriots before him, who Eric loved had nothing do with how well he could fire his weapon, or speak Arabic, or fly a plane.

Does Sen. John McCain Owe Gay Servicemen an Apology?

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Ocamb

Until DADT, John McCain had been close to beloved by many gay Republicans and independent conservatives. It does not ask too much that he acknowledge the harm he has done.