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January 30, 2014

Itay Hod believes closeted politicians with anti-gay voting records should be outed: 'I made it very clear as to who I was talking about'

Itay Hod was already not a fan of Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois who has toed the party line and consistently voted against pro-LGBT legislation.

But the openly gay freelance journalist, who worked for CBS News for several years, reached his boiling point earlier this month when he heard a story about Schock from a friend, a fellow reporter.

January 7, 2014

79-year-old military veteran Hal Faulkner has had his discharge record changed from ‘undesirable’ to ‘honorable’ 58 years after he was kicked out of the Marines for being gay

A 79-year-old man who is dying from cancer has finally had his military service record cleared 58 years after he was kicked out of the US Marine Corps when the military learned he was gay.

Faulkner was discharged as an ‘undesirable’ after three years of military service beginning in 1953 during which he served in the Philippines and rose to the rank of sergeant.

Faulkner was diagnosed a few years ago with cancer and asked his relatives to help him secure a dying wish – to have his service record cleared.

January 5, 2014

Fed up with closeted anti-LGBT politicians and the complicity of the media, a gay journalist has accused Illinois Republican congressman Aaron Schock of being gay and voting against equal rights

When is it acceptable to out gay politicians especially when they have been voting against bills that would bolster equal rights for gays, asks freelance reporter Itay Hod, who is himself gay.

December 25, 2013

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor were already legally married in Washington DC

Gay marriage may not be legal in North Carolina but that didn't stop Ft. Bragg military base from hosting its first same-sex ceremony.

Major Daniel Toven and husband Johnathan Taylor had been legally married in Washington DC several months before their formal ceremony over the weekend at Ft. Bragg in front of about 100 guests.

Toven, who joined the Army in 2003, said he is impressed with the speed of progress since the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell in 2011.

December 12, 2013

Kaitlin Ward and Lauren Bloch are first same-sex couple in school's 137 year history to get traditional lunchtime announcement

Kaitlin Ward and Lauren Bloch met and fell in love at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

In this post-Don't Ask, Don't Tell era, it's a love they have not had to keep secret. It's also a love that has led them to become engaged.

Last week, the couple made a nice little bit of history when their engagement was announced to the entire corps during the holiday meal that is the one time that all four years of cadets eat together.

November 13, 2013

A group of active and retired US gay and lesbian military service members have held a wreath laying ceremony to mark Veterans Day at the grave site of the first man to out himself in the military to fight the ban on gays surving

Veterans Day was commemorated on Monday by a group of gay and lesbian retired and active service members in Washington DC with a wreath laying ceremony in Congressional Cemetery.

The wreath was left at the grave site of Air Force Sergeant Leonard Matlovich who became the first serving US service member to fight the military’s ban on gays and lesbians serving in 1975.

November 7, 2013

After 64-32 vote, attention now turns to House where Republican leadership expected to let legislation die

After nearly 20 years, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has finally passed the US Senate.

The legislation, known as ENDA, has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994. It was last voted on by the full senate in 1996 when it fell one vote shy of passage.

In the end, the 64-32 vote had every Democratic senator and 10 of their Republican colleagues voting in favor of passage.

Surprisingly, among the Republicans supporting ENDA was Arizona Senator John McCain who was a vocal opponent of ending the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

October 31, 2013

Robert Gates led the dismantling of Don't Ask, Don't Tell while US Secretary of Defense

Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been chosen as the next leader of the Boy Scouts of America.

Gates assumes the role in May 2014, five months after the scouts change in policy regarding gay members goes into effect.

The BSA voted earlier this year to change its century-old policy of banning openly gay members up until they reach the age of 18. But the ban remains for adults scout leaders, employees and volunteers.

Gates has experience in such situations.

October 19, 2013

President Barack Obama calls Jeh Johnson, the Homeland Security secretary nominee, 'an absolutely critical member of my national security team'

President Barack Obama has nominated Jeh Johnson, a lawyer who co-authored the US Pentagon's Don't Ask, Don't Tell study, to be the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

DADT forced gay and lesbian personnel to conceal their sexual orientation in order to avoid being discharged.

September 21, 2013

Senator John McCain goes to Pravada.ru to respond to President Putin's New York Times editorial where he said 'God created us equal'

US Senator John McCain, a leader in the Republican Party, wrote an editorial in Pravda.ru that includes one sentence that takes Russian President Vladimir Putin, and his supporters, to task for the country's ‘gay propaganda’ law.

‘gay propaganda’ law

'They write laws to codify bigotry against people whose sexual orientation they condemn,' the senator wrote.

August 31, 2013

Darren Manzella, who served two two tours of duty in the Iraq War, continued to fight against DADT after his honorable discharge in 2008.

Darren Manzella, the Army sergeant who came out in 2007 to protest the US military policy Don't Ask, Don't Tell, died this week in car accident. He was 36-years-old.

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, Manzella was involved in a highway accident, with another car, on 29 August in Pittsford, New York.

He stopped his vehicle, got out, and began to push it from behind. A sports utility rear-ended his car, pinning Manzella between the two vehicles.

August 16, 2013

Eric Alva tells crowd: 'Shame on you because God loves me'

U.S. Marine Corps veteran and openly gay man Eric Alva was booed by anti-LGBT protesters at a San Antonio City Council meeting this week when he spoke out in favor of extending the city's nondiscrimination law.

It was 10 years ago in March that Alva became the first US Marine to be injured in the Iraq War when he stepped on a land mine and lost his right leg.

August 8, 2013

The soon to be former president of the Young Democrats in America calls his coming out 'some unfinished business'

Before leaving his post as president of the 81-year-old political group Young Democrats of America, Rod Snyder came out.

'...I’ve never taken the opportunity to tell my own story – that I am a Christian, an American, a West Virginian, a Young Democrat, a rural advocate, a singer-songwriter, a brother, a son, a grandson, a nephew, an uncle, and a gay man,' he wrote on the YDA website.

July 31, 2013

While Don't Ask, Don't Tell is over and soldiers are no longer running the risk of discharge, they could still be disgraced for not having married sex while overseas

Gay US soldiers in Afghanistan are using Craigslist to meet up and have sex with each other on bases.

Military commanders have forbidden any service members who are not married to each other from having sex, according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are now tracking those hooking up in the war zone.

July 26, 2013

The Restore Honor to Service Members Act will help complete what the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell started

Mark Pocan, an out US House representative from the Midwestern state Wisconsin, joined Charlie Rangel, a representative from New York, to introduce a bill that would assist gay veterans discharged from the military because of their sexuality.

July 19, 2013

Anti-gay conservative Bryan Fiischer warns voters to be wary of US Senate candidate Liz Cheney

Bryan Fischer, the spokesperson for the conservative organization American Family Association, has come out against Liz Cheney's bid to join the US Senate.

The conservative commentator is worried the candidate, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, lacks his anti-gay fervor.

Fischer acknowledged Cheney has all the right positions when it comes to foreign policy but 'she will fight for the team wearing lavender instead of the team wearing red, white and blue.'

July 13, 2013

Outserve-SLDN's Executive Director Allyson Robinson steps down as the board head says the organization faces severe financial problems

In an email, OutServe-SLDN's board of director chair reveals the organization is bankrupt

April Heinze, the board of director chair, sent an email to members of the group's military advisory cmmittee. The memo, obtained by AMERICAblog, describes the gay military group's bleak financial present and future.

'The situation is bluntly that the organization was out of money and could not afford to maintain staff and infrastructure,' Heinze wrote.

July 7, 2013

Two years after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the Department of Defense held an official pride event in Kandahar for gay and lesbian American troops 

Gay and lesbian US troops stationed in Afghanistan got their chance to show their pride last week.

A video posted to the Department of Defense’s official Youtube channel shows video footage from other pride events, and interviews with US troops stationed in Kandahar Airfield.

One of the soldiers interviewed said: ‘I don’t want to be treated special, I just want to be treated equal,’ said one soldier who was interviewed.

‘People came to support people that they didn’t even know.’

July 5, 2013

Executive Director Allyson Robinson stays on at OutServe-SLDN while the organization starts the search for a new board

OutServe-SLDN, the embattled gay military support organization, announced it would start searching for a new board of directors.

According to a statement the board released on 3 July, there will be 'the formation of a transition committee, a group of four Board Members and four Chapter Leaders who will be working side-by-side to appoint new leadership to the Board of Directors and begin to see the organization in a new direction.'

July 2, 2013

ENDA has been introduced in all but one Congress since 1994

With momentum from the Supreme Court's rulings last week on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, the Employment Anti-Discrimination Act will get a committee vote in the US Senate on 10 July.

The long-stalled ENDA, introduced again in April by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, has been schedule for a vote before the Senate's Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee.

President Barack Obama said last month that he wants to see the long-stalled legislation enacted.

June 26, 2013

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, who is gay, also speaks about personal experience

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel came full circle Tuesday (25 June) with his appearance at a Pride reception at the Pentagon.

During his remarks, Hagel said that 'gay and lesbian service members and LGBT civilians are integral to America’s armed forces.'

He pointed out that their ranks include senior leaders like Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning who was also in attendance and Brigadier General Tammy Smith who last year became the first openly gay general officer in the United States military.

June 25, 2013

OutServe-SLDN survives weekend of turmoil and decides to keep its executive director, Allyson Robinson

US gay military organization

OutServe-SLDN, a US gay military organization, announced  Allyson Robinson, its executive director, will remain in her position as the group faces staff cuts and budget constraints.

This past weekend The Bilerico Project and BuzzFeed reported Robinson was dismissed by the board. Multiple staff and board members quit in protest.

June 25, 2013

Openly gay Eric Fanning has been made acting Secretary of the US Air Force – making him the highest ranking LGBT person at the US Defense Department

Eric Fanning has become the highest ranking LGBT person in the US Defense Department after he became acting-Secretary of the US Air Force.

Fanning had previously been the Undersecretary of the Air Force but two months into the job Air Force Secretary Michael Donley retired and Fanning was asked to take over the role until President Barack Obama nominates an official replacement.

That nominee would then have to be confirmed by the US Senate.

June 23, 2013

Allyson Robinson, executive director of OutServe-SLDN, is pushed out by board, causing some staff and board members to resign in protest

There has been a shakeup at a gay military support organization in the US.

OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson was asked to resign on Saturday (22 June) by the organization's board. This move caused many staff members to resign.

The advocacy group works with LGBT military members, veterans and their families.