Topics :: GLBT servicemembers

Post-DADT, Gay Troops Burst Out of the Shadows

By Kilian Melloy | Saturday Oct 15, 2011
It’s been less than a month since the final repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’ Tell," the law that forced gay and lesbian servicemembers into the closet starting in 1993. But already, the nation’s out, proud patriots are making themselves known as leaders.

Military Gay Personnel Ready for 1st Convention

By Lisa Leff | Friday Oct 14, 2011
The nation’s only professional group for active-duty gay military personnel is holding its first conference in Las Vegas this weekend, an event only made possible by the recent lifting of DADT.

Santorum: Race is Identity, Gay is Sexual Conduct

By Kilian Melloy | Monday Oct 10, 2011
According to GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, racial identity and sexual orientation are two different things because, the pol suggested, racial minorities are born into their identity, whereas gays are gay only because of their sexual partners.

Cain Says He Should Have Spoken Up for Gay Soldier

By Douglas Birch | Monday Oct 3, 2011
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that he should not have stayed silent after the audience at a GOP debate booed a gay soldier serving in Iraq.

Obama: Commander in Chief Must Support Gay Troops

By Julie Pace | Sunday Oct 2, 2011
President Barack Obama says anyone running for president must support the entire U.S. military, including gay service members.

Chaplains May Marry Soldiers, Same-Sex Spouses

By Kilian Melloy | Friday Sep 30, 2011
The Pentagon has arrived at the conclusion that agrees with the Navy’s decision last May: Chaplains will be permitted, but not required, to preside over same-sex weddings for gay and lesbian troops, and the services may take place at military bases.

Gov’t Opposes Full Severance Pay for Military Gays

By Nedra Pickler | Friday Sep 23, 2011
Two days after repeal of the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy against gays serving openly in the military, the Obama administration was in court Thursday opposing a lawsuit seeking full severance pay for those dismissed under the law.

GOP Contenders Silent as Audience Members Boo Gay Soldier

By Kilian Melloy | Friday Sep 23, 2011
The booing of a servicemember who came out as gay and asked a Republican presidential hopeful about his views on gays in uniform was met with a telling response by the GOP contenders at the Sept. 22 Fox News / Google debate in Orlando, Florida: Silence.

Ex-Sergeant, Outed As A Lesbian, Plans to Re-Enlist

By Marc Levy | Thursday Sep 22, 2011
A female sergeant who was discharged from the Air Force after South Dakota police reported her marriage to a woman is planning to re-enlist now that the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in uniform has been repealed.

U.S. Military Milestone: End to Ban on Gay Service

By Robert Burns | Wednesday Sep 21, 2011
The U.S. military passed a historic milestone Tuesday with the repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in uniform, ending a prohibition that President Barack Obama said had forced gay and lesbian service members to "lie about who they are."