Category Archives: LGBT Servicemembers

What’s the Rest of This Navy Couple’s Story?

The end of 2014 brought the highlighting of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s holiday message which included a proposal by a same sex couple. The couple, pictured at right, are MM2 2nd Class Jerry Revels and Dylan Kirchner. The photo was taken … Continue reading

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Why It Gets Better: From Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell to Air Force Reserve Pride Poster

From the AirForceTimes ‘Flightlines’: The Air Force — as well as the rest of the military — has seen some considerable changes since Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ended in 2011 and gay and lesbian service members began serving openly. Same-sex … Continue reading

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LGBT Marriage Proposal At A Lesser-Known DC Monument

This is exciting for me. Where progress and history collide. Lt. Kyle Bandermann proposed to his boyfriend Lance Buchanan (photo at right) at one of the first places they had seen when coming to Washington, DC. It’s a little hard … Continue reading

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Design competition for LGBT veterans memorial

From The Washington Blade: An organization planning to install a National LGBT Veterans Memorial in D.C.’s historic Congressional Cemetery is inviting artists to enter a competition for the design of a monument “to honor LGBT veterans who have served in … Continue reading

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Why It Gets Better: You Can Bring Your Same-Sex Spouse to the Military Club

While the below seems to only apply to the Marines and not any of the other branches of service, it still shows a step toward progress is being made: Marine Corps leaders have directed their legal teams to alert spouses … Continue reading

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Adding a Conscience Clause to Our Virtual Time Capsule

Numerous blogs and news outlets are reporting the passage of the Defense Authorization Act with its “conscience clause” intact. The Act, which basically helps to keep the military running, includes within it Section 533; a conscience clause provision that is widely believed … Continue reading

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More Stories of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

Washington, DC’s local gay magazine, METROWEEKLY, has some excellent profiles of gay servicemembers and their stories since coming out. Of particular note is Chief Petty Officer Ronnie Ratliff, Navy, whose story includes some of the unintended damage that Don’t Ask, Don’t … Continue reading

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The Economic Impact of LGBT Equality: DADT Repeal

Since gay conservative group GOProud is so focused on its economic and job message for this election vs. social issues like equality for Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender LGBT people, I thought that on this anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell … Continue reading

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A Year After DADT: Becoming a Target

As we mark the one year anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) with news that there has not been any significant impact, we need to remember, there is still some work to do to irradicate prejudice. From … Continue reading

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One Year Later; ‘no negative consequences’ from Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

In what is probably the worst fears realized for the most virulent anti-gay supporters of keeping Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) in place, comes the below from The Huffington Post: The study, published Monday by the Palm Center, a research … Continue reading

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