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April 29, 2014

A new ‘human goals’ charter signed by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday outlines the military’s goals of better supporting gay and lesbian personnel but fails to mention transgender personnel who can still be excluded from service

US Defense Secretary has signed an updated human goals charter for the Defense Department yesterday which outlines the department’s commitment to ‘diversity, inclusion and fairness.’

But the document ignores that the US military can still legally fire and refuse to hire transgender people and fails to mention them at all.

March 14, 2014

A Republican hopeful who wants to take Republican Senator Lindsey Graham’s senate seat from has labelled him ‘ambiguously gay’ in attacking his service to constituents

South Carolina Republican hopeful and former police officer Juan ‘Dave’ Feliciano has implied that senior Senate Republican Lindsey Graham is gay as part of his bid to replace Graham as the Republican candidate for his senate seat.

Graham is only a two term senator for South Carolina and one of the more prominent faces of the Republican Party of the United States Congress but Feliciano believes South Carolinians deserve a better candidate next time around.

February 27, 2014

Says SB 1062 'has the potential to create more problems that it purports to solve ... It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine'

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ended days of suspense by announcing she has vetoed the state's controversial 'turn away the gays' law.

Brewer said at an evening press conference Wednesday (26 February) that the proposed legislation 'has the potential to create more problems that it purports to solve.'

The controversial SB 1062 was passed last week by the Republican controlled state Senate a day after it passed in the House chambers.

February 6, 2014

Expect 'swearing, high kicks, alcohol, verbal abuse. You know: the usual...with a lisp'

‘In New York, sometimes the only way to get Broadway credits on your resume, is to do a show entitled "Broadway Credits”.’

Micah McCain, whose husky-voiced rendition of Beauty and The Beast’s ‘Bonjour!’ became an Internet sensation in 2011, is gracing the stage again with a one-man show in New York this weekend.

December 13, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: 'They deserve our respect and the benefits they are entitled to under the law'

Mississippi was the last holdout.

But US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced today that all states have now agreed to comply with federal policy and grant full benefits to gay military personnel and their families.

Mississippi and Georgia had been the only two states out of compliance at the start of the week but like Texas and Louisiana before them, have decided to now follow federal law and process same-sex benefits.

November 3, 2013

The US Defense Department warns states it expects gay married troops to be treated like their straight peers

Several Republican governors are refusing to follow the Pentagon ruling on identification cards for gay troops and their spouses.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, the Republican head of the National Governors Association,  accuses President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel of using the National Guard to push a social agenda.

November 1, 2013

In a speech US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel calls on states to issue National Guard ID cards to same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits

In a speech, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel warned states to stop discriminating against gay National Guard troops and their spouses.

Nine states, as reported by Huffington Post, have blocked their local National Guard headquarters from giving identification cards to same-sex spouses of troops to claim benefits.

October 25, 2013

2008 Republican presidential nominee has been against gay marriage and gays serving openly in the military

What do you do when you are the pro-gay wife of a conservative US senator with an anti-gay voting record?

If you're Cindy McCain, wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, you send him a postcard.

Mrs. McCain this week put her signature on a postcard provided by the Human Rights Campaign asking her husband for his support on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

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.

February 26, 2013

Log Cabin Republicans vow 'to make sure his change of heart is sincere'

Former Senator Chuck Hagel was approved today by the US Senate to be the new Secretary of Defense.

The narrow vote of 58 to 41 followed a bruising confirmation process that included the first-ever fillibuster to try and block a vote on the person nominated to lead the Pentagon.

February 9, 2013

Don't Ask, Don't Tell is gone but LGBT troops still fighting to get what should be theirs

While LGBT US troops can now serve openly, they cannot assume the same benefits their straight peers take for granted.

According to reports, the US Department of Defense plans on making sure family members of LGBT troops are covered by military benefits.

January 31, 2013

Secretary of Defense nominee: 'All men and women deserve the same rights'

Former US Senator Chuck Hagel was asked about gays in the military and same-sex marriages being performed on military bases Thursday (31 January) during a sometimes contentious secretary of defense confirmation hearing.

'I am fully committed to implementing the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’' Hagel said in his opening statement, "And doing everything possible under current law to provide equal benefits to the families of all, all our service members.'

January 27, 2013

New York Times article traces Use Your Mandate to Republican linked organizations

For the past week Use Your Mandate has been using Twitter, mailings in seven states and TV ads to knock Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense. The group insists it's made up of Democratic party LGBT operatives, but its members have chosen to be anonymous.

January 20, 2013

An organization called Use Your Mandate pushes back against the Chuck Hagel nomination for Secretary of Defense

Use Your Mandate, an anonymous LGBT organization, has produced an ad against Chuck Hagel's nomination for Secretary of Defense.

The 30 second ad charges Hagel  'does not share our values' and is anti-woman, gay, and Israel. The spot ends asking viewers to urge senators to block the nominee.

January 13, 2013

Colin Powell  stands up for Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is certain Chuck Hagel will support LGBT troops if he gets to lead the Defense Department.

The retired four-star general was a guest on the Sunday news program Meet the Press. When asked how the Secretary of Defense nominee would handle the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Powell noted the policy was gone. He added Hagel would do what was required to treat gay and lesbian troops like their straight peers.

January 7, 2013

Hagel remains under fire for anti-gay comments made in the past

President Barack Obama on Monday (7 January) formally nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel to lead the US Defense Department.

Hagel has come under for in recent weeks for anti-gay comments he's made in the past but Obama has said he believes his appointee's apology is sincere and has stood by him.

January 6, 2013

Senator promises close examination of Chuck Hagel's past statements on Iran and Isreal in upcoming confirmation hearing

From all indications President Barack Obama is prepared to pick former Senator Chuck Hagel to lead the Defense Department. Hagel once supported Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but now insists he's for open service. Gay right groups are giving him support (with caveats).

January 5, 2013

LGBT military organization OutServe-SLDN gets ready for Chuck Hagel's leadership of the Defense Department

From all indications, Chuck Hagel will be nominated by President Barack Obama to be the new head of the Defense Department. According to the New York Times, Obama could make the announcement as early as next week.

The leading LGBT military family advocacy organization, OutServe-SLDN, is prepared with a to-do-list for Hagel.

December 31, 2012

Says Chuck Hagel 'voted consistently against fairness for LGBT people'

On his last day as a US congressman, Barney Frank blasted former senator Chuck Hagal who President Barack Obama is considering nominating to be the next secretary of defense.

Frank, the first openly gay person to ever serve in the congress, has not forgotten Hagel's words from 1998 when a gay man, James Hormel, was nominated by then-President Bill Clinton to be US Ambassador to Luxembourg.

December 30, 2012

President Barack Obama goes on Meet The Press to defend Chuck Hagel

President Barack Obama is standing behind Chuck Hagel's apology to former Ambassador, and gay man, James Hormel.

The president appeared on the news program Meet the Press. In the 30 minute interview he was asked about Hagel and his possible appointment as Secretary of Defense. In 1998, when Hormel was nominated to be the US ambassador to Luxembourg, he earned the ire of the then senator.

December 28, 2012

Gay group had suffered backlash for endorsing Mitt Romney for president

In the weeks leading up to the Us presiential election last month, the Log Cabin Republicans endorsed Republican Mitt Romney despite the candidate's staunch views against gay marriage.

December 22, 2012

James Hormel goes to Facebook to announce he accepts Chuck Hagel's apology.

Things can change rapidly in Washington, DC. Late yesterday (21 Dec.) former Ambassador James Hormel told the Washington Post he had doubts about  Chuck Hagel's apology. Sometime after that article was published, Hormel announced on his Facebook page all was forgiven.

December 22, 2012

James Hormel has not yeat heard from Sen. Hagel.

Right now James Hormel isn't putting much stock into Chuck Hagel's apology.

In 1998 when Hormel was nominated to be the US ambassador to Luxembourg, he earned the ire of the then senator.

'Ambassadorial posts are sensitive,' Hagel said to the Omaha World Herald in 1998. 'They are representing America. They are representing our lifestyles, our values, our standards. And I think it is an inhibiting factor to be — openly aggressively gay like Mr. Hormel — to do a better job.'

December 21, 2012

Chuck Hagel says he is fully 'committed to LGBT military families'

Former US Senator Chuck Hagel is reportedly being considered for the position of Secretary of Defense, a position that is second only to the president in the military hierarchy - a military that since September 2011 has allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly.

Hagel, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, would have to be in support of gay and lesbian military personnel in the cabinet-level position.