Topics :: gays in the military

Veterans Affairs Sued For Denying Gay Marriage Benefits

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Aug 20, 2014
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is being sued over its refusal to grant spousal benefits to same-sex military couples in states where these marriages are not recognized.

DVA Recognizes Lesbian War Widow as a Surviving Spouse

By Winnie McCroy | Friday Jun 13, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to retroactively recognize the nation’s first known same-sex war widow, Tracy Johnson, as the legal spouse of the late SSG Donna Johnson killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

Military Color Guard to March in DC Gay Pride Parade

By Jason St. Amand | Friday Jun 6, 2014
For the first time, a U.S. military color guard is expected to march alongside rainbow flags in Washington’s gay pride parade.

Rosemary Williams Keynotes AMPA Gala

By Winnie McCroy | Monday May 12, 2014
Rosemary F. Williams will keynote AMPA’s inaugural national gala dinner on May 17 in Washington, DC.

No Military Burial for Wife of 74-Year-Old Lesbian Navy Veteran

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Apr 24, 2014
Idaho says it’s a no-go for 74-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor to be buried with her wife Jean Mixner’s ashes -- at least not as long as that state continues to ban same-sex marriage.

LGBT Servicemembers at Greater Health Risk

By Winnie McCroy | Friday Dec 27, 2013
Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies & Training’s study found that harassment, victimization, mental health, substance abuse and sexual risk behaviors face LGBT service members in the U.S. military.

Same-Sex Ceremony Held at Fort Bragg’s Chapel

Sunday Dec 22, 2013
The North Carolina home of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and the Green Berets is opening the base chapel to same-sex ceremonies.

Army Says No ’Strong Bonds’ for Lesbian Couple

By Winnie McCroy | Friday Nov 22, 2013
A legally married lesbian couple at Fort Irwin, Calif., says that they have been refused participation in an Army marriage enrichment program because they are gay.

Florida National Guard Grants Full Bennies to Same-Sex Married Couples

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Nov 6, 2013
Even though the Sunshine State doesn’t recognize gay marriage, Florida’s National Guard has announced that they will give married partners of LGBTs full benefits.

Gay Military Couple Talk About Importance of Benefits in New Vid

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday Sep 26, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense released a new video on Wednesday explaining how the recent extension of military and spousal benefits impacts same-sex military couples.