Transgender Soldier Meets the President

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 1:18 am

Crossposted with permission from OutServe Magazine, the magazine of OutServe-SLDN. By Anonymous Memorial Day weekend is, first and foremost, about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It honors the many sacrifices of those who served and who are currently serving. It lifts up families and friends who have lost loved ones to combat [...]

Pentagon to extend additional benefits to same-sex service members and their families

By: Monday February 11, 2013 3:08 pm

These changes are long-awaited, but there’s still some waiting as the Pentagon will attempt to extend the benefits to same-sex service members by Aug. 31 and no later than Oct. 1 of this year. Amanda Terkel at HuffPo: More than a year after lifting the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military, the [...]

Landmark moment: Army vet — and trans activist — to head up LGBT military advocacy org

By: Friday October 26, 2012 8:03 am

Allyson Robinson is a wonderful pick to head up the newly combined OutServe-SLDN organization. It’s a moment of transition in the post-Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell era. There is still work to be done to bring the lives of LGB service members to parity with their straight colleagues when it comes to civil rights. It is [...]

On This DADT Repeal Anniversary, Let’s Not Forget The T

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 1:11 pm

Today is the one-year anniversary of lesbian, gay, and bisexual servicemembers being able to serve openly. With that in mind, I’m reposting this essay from December 19, 2010 — an essay (entitled Dan Choi: I Am Somebody! Autumn Sandeen: I Am Still Not Recognized As Somebody.) where I highlighted how with repeal of Don’t Ask, [...]

Michigan: Former U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy Endorses Trevor Thomas for Congress

By: Friday June 29, 2012 10:06 am

This is a great boost to the campaign of Trevor Thomas (ActBlue page), who is running for Congress to serve Michigan’s 3rd District. Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), the first Iraq War veteran to be elected to Congress and the sponsor of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, announced his endorsement [...]

Guest Post: Veteran, Patriot, Second-Class Citizen

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 2:00 pm

Guest post by: Adrian Matanza, Senior Regional Field Organizer, Human Rights Campaign Voices from the Campaign: Lance Garland With the momentum for marriage equality in Washington state growing, folks like Lance Garland, a native Washingtonian and Navy veteran, have been volunteering with the campaign lending their voices and helping make the case that the time [...]

Mitt Romney Insults a Vietnam Veteran with his Heterosexist Assumptions

By: Monday December 12, 2011 12:15 pm

At a campaign stop at a diner in New Hampshire, presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a bee-line towards a man wearing a Vietnam Veteran cap and “sidled up next to him“. Although gays have always served in the military, apparently it never occurred to Romney that a veteran might be gay and that the man [...]

Rick Perry: Strong on Bigotry

By: Wednesday December 7, 2011 11:53 am

…weak on the meaning of Christianity. In the t.v. ad above, which Perry released in Iowa today, he says: “I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military [...]

Fallout from DADT repeal: Marine in Afghanistan faces threats from his own unit

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 1:24 pm

Some aspects of military culture do not change overnight; the chain of command is responsible for ensuring that bigotry and harassment are not tolerated. The legacy of DADT is an ingrained hostility to gays and a lifestyle that for years was either illegal in the military or something not to be acknowledged or talked about. [...]

The Issue Of Trans Military Service In The News

By: Sunday October 9, 2011 7:44 pm

A couple of weeks ago there was a story in the press about a trans servicemember being discharged from the Army National Guard specifically for being transgender. From Louisville’s WPFL article, entitled Fairness Campaign Spotlights Discharge of Transgender Soldier: …Staff Sergeant Rebecca Grant was discharged from the Army National Guard after serving for over a [...]

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