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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.

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.

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.

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 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.'

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.

June 11, 2013

In her career Major Gneral Patricia 'Trish' Rose has directed joint logistics for operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

The US Air Force now has the highest ranking out officer in the country's military.

In a late May ceremony, Patricia 'Trish' Rose was promoted to major general. The proceedings were
led by her direct supervisor, General Janet Wolfenbarger, the first female four-star general in the Air Force.

April 27, 2013

OutServe-SLDN asks US Defense Department to reconsider having Pastor Greg Laurie participate in the National Day of Prayer.

OutServe-SLDN is asking the US Defense Department to reconsider Pastor Greg Laurie as the headline speaker at next week's National Day of Prayer.

The advocacy organization that works with LGBT military members, veterans and their families insists the minister's anti-gay past makes him an unacceptable speaker for an open military.

April 27, 2013

OutServe-SLDN asks US Defense Department to reconsider having Pastor Greg Laurie participate in the National Day of Prayer.

OutServe-SLDN is asking the US Defense Department to reconsider Pastor Greg Laurie as the headline speaker at next week's National Day of Prayer.

The advocacy organization that works with LGBT military members, veterans and their families insists the minister's anti-gay past makes him an unacceptable speaker for an open military.

April 21, 2013

Eric Fanning finally confirmed as Undersecretary of the US Air Force

Eric Fanning is about to be the new Undersecretary of the US Air Force. The out gay man will hold the second highest civilian position in that armed forces branch.

March 16, 2013

The Defense Department comes to a resolution to its final Don't Ask, Don't Tell case

Air Force Major Mike Almy has settled his Don't Ask, Don't Tell lawsuit against the US Defense Department.

He brought the suit because of his 2006 discharge. During a routine search of emails, notes to his then-boyfriend were found. The correspondence was shown to a commander. After being relieved of his duties, Almy lost security clearance and a part of his pay. There was a 16-month  investigation, and the 18 year career military man was discharged. His severance was half of what it would have been if he left the Air Force for other reasons.

February 10, 2013

Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan dies after a battle with cancer

Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan, a vocal opponent against the Defense of Marriage Act, died earlier today (10 January).

'She made an indelible mark on everyone she met with her integrity, her positive outlook, and her unflinching commitment to righting the wrongs visited upon gay and lesbian military families,' said Allyson Robinson, the executive director of OutServe-SLDN, in a statement. 'The fight for full LGBT equality in this country is forever changed because Charlie Morgan took up the cause.'

February 10, 2013

Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan dies after a battle with cancer

Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan, a vocal opponent against the Defense of Marriage Act, died earlier today (10 January).

'She made an indelible mark on everyone she met with her integrity, her positive outlook, and her unflinching commitment to righting the wrongs visited upon gay and lesbian military families,' said Allyson Robinson, the executive director of OutServe-SLDN, in a statement. 'The fight for full LGBT equality in this country is forever changed because Charlie Morgan took up the cause.'

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 27, 2013

The Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses reverses itself and accepts the wife of a lesbian officer

While Don't Ask, Don't Tell is officially gone, gay troops, and their families, still fight struggles far from the battlefield.

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 17, 2013

Says David Hall: 'This is certainly the honor of a lifetime'

David Hall was discharged from the United States Air Force because he was gay and wrote to President Barack Obama about the pain of having his military career end that way.

On Monday (21 January), Hall will be at the Capitol as one of eight citizen co-chairs of Obama's second inauguration.

It was Obama who signed the repeal of the anti-gay Don't Ask Don't Tell policy that prevented gay and lesbian military personnel from serving openly.

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 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 29, 2012

Charlie Morgan, advocate against the Defense of Marriage Act, will recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the Granite State inauguration

Last week (27 Dec.) New Hampshire Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan announced the details of her upcoming inaugural ceremony. Charlie Morgan, a chief warrant officer in the state's National Guard, will open the ceremony by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Morgan, and her wife, are two of the plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act.

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.'