Topics :: gay servicemembers

Magazine for Gay Troops Slated for Arrival on Bases

By Kilian Melloy | Wednesday Aug 31, 2011
A new magazine is published by OutServe, an organization catering to gay and lesbian servicememembers who, until now, have had to remain in the shadows and lie about their sexual orientation.

Gay Patriot Discharges Continue Even as DADT’s End Draws Near

By Kilian Melloy | Wednesday Jun 29, 2011
Discharges of gay and lesbian patriots in uniform as ongoing, even as the anticipated end of the anti-gay law from 1993, "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" (DADT), draws near.

3 in Air Force Seek Discharge Under Gay Ban

By Lolita C. Baldor | Tuesday Jun 28, 2011
Three members of the Air Force have asked to be discharged because they are gay, moving quickly to get out of the military under the ban on openly gay service before its expected repeal later this year.

Chaplains: Troops May Fear Sharing Beliefs on Gays

By Julie Watson | Tuesday May 24, 2011
Leaders of 21 religious groups that provide chaplains to the U.S. military want Congress or the Pentagon to guarantee that troops won’t be punished if they openly discuss their objections to homosexuality.

Supporters of GLBT Patriots Push Back Over DADT Oversight Hearing

By Kilian Melloy | Friday Apr 1, 2011
An oversight hearing chaired by an opponent to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has anti-gay groups excited at the prospect of hampering the anti-gay law’s retirement. But supporters of gay and lesbian patriots are standing firm.

Gay Calif Sailor Says He Can Stay in the Navy

Friday Apr 1, 2011
A Navy petty officer who was investigated for violating the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers says a review board at his California base has voted against his discharge.

Don’t Ask, Don’t... Fall Asleep Watching TV?

By Kilian Melloy | Monday Mar 7, 2011
A sailor says he’s being drummed out of the Navy for an innocent incident in which he and a friend fell asleep on the same bed while watching television, CNN reported in March 5.

Now What? Second Guessing Goes On After DADT Vote

By Kilian Melloy | Monday Dec 20, 2010
With DADT on its way out, critics continue to second-guess and offer dire predictions about what allowing gays in the military to tell the truth will mean. One commonplace claim: openly gay troops won’t bear up under the strain of combat.

Military Accepting Gay Recruits for First Time in History

By ANNE FLAHERTY, JULIE WATSON | Wednesday Oct 20, 2010
The military is accepting openly gay recruits for the first time in the nation’s history, even as it tries in the courts to slow the movement to abolish its "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy.

Colleagues: Judge in gay court case not ’activist’

By Gillian Flaccus and Julie Watson | Thursday Oct 14, 2010
The federal judge who halted the military’s ban on openly gay troops is known for working at court well past closing time, typing her own court orders and doting on two terriers who themselves are no strangers to the halls of justice.