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 [...]

A Bathroom Story That Doesn’t Involve The “Bathroom Bill” Meme

By: Wednesday May 22, 2013 7:19 pm

There’s an interesting, but sad story found on the Army Times website entitled West Point sergeant charged with filming naked female cadets. From the article: A sergeant first class on the staff of the United States Military Academy at West Point faces charges for allegedly filming numerous female cadets without their consent, sometimes when they [...]

Changing My Recorded Gender With DOD

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 2:41 pm

After my surgery and later issuance of a new birth certificate last November, I wanted to apply to the Department of the Navy (DON) to change my recorded gender. The Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) keeps track of servicemembers and retirees genders, so I wanted, for gender affirmation and DOD acknowledgement, my gender reflected [...]

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 [...]

Outserve-SLDN’s Sue Fulton: Women Are Fit for Combat

By: Tuesday January 29, 2013 7:00 am

This is a guest column by Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton, a 1980 West Point graduate, part of the first class to admit women. She was commissioned in the Army, served as a platoon leader and company commander in Germany, and was honorably discharged at the rank of Captain.  She currently serves on the board of [...]

Living On Government Largesse

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 7:15 pm

Sometimes I don’t understand conservatives with their “small government” approach to “government largesse” and big government approach to reproductive rights. Talking Points Memo (TPM) has an article up on what Gary Bauer, the former president of the Family Research Council, said at the Values Voter Summit said about people like me. And no, not about [...]

Speech To The San Diego Stonewall Rally (2012)

By: Saturday July 21, 2012 5:33 am

Here in my adopted hometown of San Diego, California, I was asked to speak at this year’s San Diego Pride Stonewall Rally about open service for transgender servicemembers in the U.S. military services. The rally was held on July 20, 2012; the 20th through 22nd is Pride Weekend here. This was an important LGBT year [...]

I Want That Apology, “Carmen Sense”

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 5:00 am

“Carmen Sense” is a writer on the blog Gender Reality — a blog that has the subheader of It’s not about the clothes. She’s the one who wrote the post Stop both engines… that I responded to in the Pam’s House Blend post “Swift Boating” My Wear Of A Women’s US Navy Dress Blue Uniform [...]

“Swift Boating” My Wear Of A Women’s US Navy Dress Blue Uniform In DADT Protests

By: Monday June 4, 2012 3:13 pm

Two of the things I’m proudest of in my activist life is participating in the GetEqual 6 and Get Equal 13 direct actions towards repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT). I was very prepared to go protest in uniform as I owned a Navy Dress Blue US Navy uniform. I bought that women’s dress [...]

Remembering Our LGBT Veterans

By: Monday May 28, 2012 2:24 pm

Near the California Veterans Memorial in Sacramento’s Capitol Park comes this memorial plaque: In Honor Of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgender Veterans Killed In Action We honor these veterans here.

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