National disgrace: Air Force dumps ashes of fallen soldiers into Virginia landfill

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 7:08 am

The Washington Post reports that 976 fragments from 274 war dead were cremated, incinerated and taken to the King George County landfill in Virginia  between 2004 and 2008. The total number of incinerated fragments dumped in the landfill exceeded 2,700. When a young man or woman signs up to serve in the military, many do so [...]

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. [...]

Romney Discussing Privatizing Healthcare Services For Disabled Veterans

By: Saturday November 12, 2011 6:45 pm

As someone whose healthcare treatment is from the Veterans Administration (VA) because of service connected disabilities, Romney’s discussion of how healthcare should be perhaps provided via voucher sounds like a really, really bad idea. From Talking Point Memo‘s Romney Spit-Balls His Way To Privatizing Veteran’s Benefits: MAULDIN, SC — Over barbecue and sweet tea with [...]

Should Open Trans Military Service Be A Trans Community Priority?

By: Saturday October 22, 2011 10:08 am

In my most recently published weekly column for LGBT Weekly, I wrote a piece with the headline. Open trans military service: Is it really so important now? From the opening paragraphs: Quite a few columns ago I wrote a piece outlining what I understand to be the six priorities of trans-community activism. In the column, [...]

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 [...]

A Moment of Silence for Trans Service Members on September 20, 2011

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 6:56 am

Note from Laurel: On 9/20 I invite you to join us for a moment of silence to honor our transgender brothers and sisters who, despite the repeal of DADT, are still forced to serve in silence. Let’s let them know that they are not forgotten and that we LGB people are as committed to their [...]

Weekend This & That: Open Thread

By: Saturday August 13, 2011 2:00 pm

It’s an open thread! Pleeeeease feel free to chat, blogwhore, and link-share in the comment thread… So, this is what my cartoon sockpuppet Bookworm Bob have been looking at since our last This & That post. • This is from a bit more than a week ago, but we post on it. From the Baltimore [...]

Breaking: Pentagon Will Certify An End To A Ban On Gays In Military Tomorrow

By: Thursday July 21, 2011 5:30 pm

From National Public Radio‘s (NPR’s) Pentagon Will Certify An End To A Ban On Gays In Military: NPR’s Rachel Martin reports that tomorrow, the Pentagon will announce Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has signed a certification that states the military is ready to allow gay men and women to serve openly. President Obama will then be [...]

Hundreds Of Active Duty Troops Join San Diego Gay Pride

By: Saturday July 16, 2011 5:40 pm

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Photo by Rex Wockner.

From Karen Occamb at LGBT POV come this report from about 350 active duty servicemembers who joined a movement to appear in San Diego Pride's event held today. 

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