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March 13, 2014

Joycelyn Elders says ban 'has long been a policy in search of a rationale'

Former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders calls the military's ban on transgender people serving 'a policy in search of a rationale.'

Elders made her remarks upon the release today of a report by the Transgender Military Service Commission which concluded that the Pentagon's ban on transgender military service is not based on sound medical reasoning.

November 7, 2013

Governor Mary Fallin permits only National Guard centers run by the federal government to issue benefit ID cards to same-sex spouses

The US state of Oklahoma will continue to discriminate against National Guard gay troops and their same-sex spouses.

Governor Mary Fallin issued a statement today, 6 October, announcing National Guard facilities, owned by the state, will not issue ID cards to the spouses of gay troops, even with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's directive that all legally married service members are be treated like their straight peers. 

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.

August 14, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: 'It is now the department’s policy to treat all married military personnel equally'

The spouses of gay military personnel will now get the same benefits as those of heterosexual personnal, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today.

The US Supreme Court's decision in June to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act cleared the way for the Pentagon to offer the benefits to same-sex partners as of 3 September.

'It is now the department’s policy to treat all married military personnel equally,' Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a written statement.

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 5, 2013

US personnel are still banned from accessing LGBT content from US Department of Defense computers well over a year after the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The US Department of Defense is still banning personnel from accessing LGBT websites despite the US having ended its ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military

AMERICAblog discovered that it and an another popular LGBT themed blog, Towleroad could not be accessed from Department of Defense computers.

July 20, 2012

Gay and lesbian members of the military will be able to show their pride at San Diego

The US military have for the first time allowed gay men and women to wear their uniforms at Pride, an unthinkable act nine months ago.

Permission was granted the Gay Pride Parade in San Diego, California, on Saturday (21 July).

San Diego Pride Executive Director Dwayne Crenshaw called it a historic moment.

He said: ‘San Diego Pride is honored to have the privilege of celebrating our country and our service members with dignity and respect.

July 11, 2012

Frank Kameny, an astronomer who spearheaded the gay rights movement in the 1960s, will have his name live on in space

An asteroid between Mars and Jupiter has been named after a groundbreaking US gay rights activist.

Frank Kameny, who died last October, was fired from his position as an astronomer for the US Army in 1957 because he was gay.

However, he challenged his dismissal in the Supreme Court and spearheaded the first LGBT rights protests outside the White House, the Pentagon and in Philadelphia in the 1960s.

Now the astronomy world has honored the pioneering activist by re-naming Minor Planet 40463 after him.

June 17, 2012

Officer Charlie Morgan will attend the event to show why Don't Ask Don't Tell should not exist

A lesbian mother with terminal cancer has become the face of Pentagon’s gay pride.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan, 47, will join the Pentagon on 26 June to pay tribute to the LGBT service members following the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT).

Morgan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, and underwent a double mastectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy to save her life.

June 15, 2012

US military saluted for supporting gay servicemen just months after repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' policy

The US military will salute gay troops by holding its first ever pride event, just months after repealing the notorious 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.