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April 23, 2014

'It's a far better, richer, and more honest reflection of who I am and always have been: a woman named Chelsea'

A judge in Kansas ruled Wednesday (23 April) that the transgender US Army private convicted of leaking government files to the website WikiLeaks can legally change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

Last summer, the former Bradley Edward Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the leaking of more than 700,000 government files.

Manning, 26, said in a statement that she had been working for months on the official name change but actually waiting for years.

March 4, 2014

James Wharton, a friend of Prince Harry, is receiving backlash after calling on saunas to be closed as it 'feeds the haters'

A gay British former soldier has said if LGBT people want equality and respect, gay saunas should be shut down.

James Wharton, a former army pal of Prince Harry's, have said saunas promote homophobia and undermine gains in equality.

Writing in Winq magazine, he said: ‘Sex saunas need to be history. The time has come to close them down.’

Wharton said if gay people want to be respected and accepted as ‘the new normal’, the community must stop supporting establishments that encourage promiscuity and sex.

February 27, 2014

Gay soldier James Wharton has withdrawn from a gay awards shortlist saying an openly gay Army major should be honored instead

A gay former soldier who chronicled his army career in best selling memoir Out In The Army has quit the shortlist of a glitzy awards ceremony.

James Wharton was hotly tipped to pick up the Diversity Champion of the Year accolade at the Out In The City Magazine Awards in a star-studded ceremony at London’s Landmark Hotel on 25 April.

But now he has pulled out and thrown his support to British Army Major Damian Jenkins.

January 30, 2014

James Wharton, a friend of Prince Harry, will receive the Freedom of the City of London accolade for his work to end homophobic bullying in schools

A gay soldier is to receive a historic London honor for fighting to end homophobic bullying in schools.

James Wharton, one of the first openly gay soldiers in the British Army, will receive the Freedom of the City of London next month.

‘I'm honored to be awarded such an historic accolade and I accept the Freedom of the City with great humility,’ he said.

‘I find it incredible that, in the space of 45 years, we have gone from criminalizing gay people to awarding and recognizing the contribution that we make to British society.'

January 15, 2014

Stonewall has revealed their top 100 gay-friendly employer list of the UK. Check out the full list here

A list of the top 100 gay-friendly employers in the UK has revealed several have changed their homophobic ways and improved for the better.

The Ministry of Defence was named as the most improved company to work for in the UK.

Gay campaigning charity Stonewall chose the MoD because it had shown a ‘real commitment’ to build a gay-friendly workplace.

Until 2000, men and women were automatically dismissed if found to be gay or lesbian.

October 28, 2013

Apostle Paul David Rodgers has told an Illinois Fox News local television crew that he thinks same-sex couples trying to raise kids are like 5-year-olds who think they can drive cars

Dolton, Illinois pastor Apostle Paul David Rodgers has compared gay couples trying to raise kids to 5-year-olds trying to drive cars in comments made to a local Fox News television news crew.

‘Our nation is not built on the strength of its army or its finances but what goes on in our living rooms and family has always been and will always be the foundation and bedrock of society and so we’re going to stand for what God ordained,' Rodgers said before boarding buses with his supporters to protest in the state capital.

September 10, 2013

A new report in Australia’s Army Journal has found that a majority of gay and lesbian personnel are out to colleagues - though a significant minority aren’t out of fear it will affect their career while nearly 1 in 10 say they have been victims to homophobic harassment

A new study on LGBTs serving in the Australian Army has found that one in seven are out to colleagues but one in three is in the closet at work out of fear it will affect their careers if their sexuality becomes known.

The report was published in Australia’s Army Journal by Captain Dominic Lopez, an openly gay soldier with the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment, who sought out information on the workplace experiences of other gay and lesbian personnel after the Army Journal published a piece about the experiences of gay soldiers during World War II.

September 7, 2013

Buddhist monk arrested for alleged gay pedophilia, transgender schoolboy entrapped in smear campaign

After state-supported homophobic campaigns in Russia, Zimbabwe and several other African countries, the Buddhist island state of Sri Lanka has also begun a systematic crackdown on its gay community, rights activists say.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government, which controls the army, law enforcement agencies and the media, is now orchestrating a smear campaign against the community to project its members as criminals and pedophiles and alienate them from civil society, according to human rights defenders.

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 14, 2013

Model Nick Gruber is back in New York City, looking for the next chanpter after being the boyfriend of Calvin Klein

Nick Gruber has no problem admitting he and Calvin Klein were a couple, but the 23-year-old model does not describe his sexuality as gay.

In an interview with New York magazine, the former gay porn model discuses growing up, his up and down relationship with the famed fashion designer and his plans for the future.

'I’m not gay, but I don’t believe in labels, I believe in love,' Gruber said to the magazine.

August 14, 2013

'I'm sorry I hurt people. I'm sorry that I hurt the United States'

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, convicted last month of espionage and other charges for leaking 700,000 secret government documents, apologized for his actions on Wednesday.

'I'm sorry I hurt people. I'm sorry that I hurt the United States,' Manning said during the sentencing portion of his court martial. 'I'm apologizing for the unexpected results of my actions. The last three years have been a learning experience for me.'

Manning, who was deployed in Iraq at the time, says he did not believe that leaking the information would cause harm.

August 6, 2013

Guilty of espionage, theft and computer fraud in connection to leaking 700,000 confidential documents to WikiLeaks

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was given a bit of a break by a military judge today when his maximum possible sentence was trimmed from 136 years to 90 years.

The 25 year old, who is gay, was found not guilty last week of aiding the enemy after leaking approximately 700,000 confidential documents to Wikileaks. A conviction on that charge could have resulted in a sentence of life in prison.

July 30, 2013

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was charged with leaking 700,000 confidential documents to WikiLeaks

Gay US Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, charged with leaking approximately 700,000 confidential documents to Wikileaks, has been found not guilty of aiding the enemy.

While not convicted of the most serious charge, the 25 year old was found guilty of 19 other counts in all including five counts of espionage, five counts of theft and one of computer fraud.

Army Col. Denise Lind presented her verdict in a courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland.

July 12, 2013

GSN reports for duty at the UK’s Ministry of Defence and admires the leadership being shown on workplace diversity

It was a Friday afternoon in London. A proper summer’s day when it’s warm and sunny, with blue sky and everything.

London looks kind of spectacular in the summer – I walked through Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall, taking photos like a tourist, overwhelmed by the imposing buildings and monuments that line the streets in this part of the city.

The main headquarters of the UK’s Ministry of Defence is in Horse Guards Avenue. It’s an impressive building with predictably tight security.

June 19, 2013

James Wharton, the author of a new book about ten years of being gay in the British military, has refuted reports he would send an apology to Prince Harry

Prince Harry would describe himself as ‘100% gay-friendly’, a gay soldier has revealed to Gay Star News.

James Wharton, in his new autobiography Out in the Army, describes serving openly gay in the British military for ten years.

In 2008, six soldiers threatened to beat him up over him being gay.

‘I think I’m going to be murdered by the infantry,’ he told Prince Harry, who apparently told him: ‘Right, I’m going to sort this shit out once and for all.’

June 9, 2013

Long Island Democrat Steve Israel has announced he will put forward legislation repealing the dishonorable discharges of gay and lesbian military personnel under the policy of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and before homosexuality was legalized

Long Island Democratic member of the US House of Representatives Steve Israel has announced that he will move legislation that would see the repeal of dishonorable discharges of gays and lesbians who were drummed out of the military when their sexuality was revealed.

Military veterans are afforded a range of benefits in the US, however those are not available to personnel who have been dishonorably discharged and over 30,000 gay and lesbian veterans are believed to be excluded from receiving those benefits because their sexuality was discovered.

June 8, 2013

Starting 1 September 2013, same-sex domestic partners of US troops will be eligible for some benefits

The US military has made a groundbreaking move to offer some benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian troops.

The Army and National Guard posted online this week that same-sex domestic partners (SSDO) of serving troops will receive an ID card entitling them to a number of benefits.

This move comes after former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced in February his intentions to extend benefits to same-sex partners.

April 23, 2013

Bernard Gaynor, who was deselected as a candidate for senate by Katter's Australian Party, disciplined by the Australian army for anti-Islamic and anti-LGBT comments

Reserve Australian army officer and former senate candidate Bernard Gaynor has been disciplined by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for comments about Islam and the army marching in the Sydney Mardi Gras LGBT rights parade.

Gaynor said on Facebook yesterday that he had been charged seven times by the ADF for, in his words:

March 8, 2013

Senior psychologist in the army says abuse is covered up, and speaks of his own experiences as a victim of anti-gay bullying

A whistleblower has spoken out on Australian TV about the 'cover-up' of abuse in the army.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Morgan, an openly gay senior army psychologist in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) said on ABC TV on yesterday:

'The way army deals with abuse is entirely consistent with how you would run a cover-up.'

Morgan, whose job is to look after the mental health of soldiers serving in East Timor, Iraq and the Middle East, said:

March 1, 2013

Study shows soldiers who do not reveal their sexuality are more likely to show signs of extreme stress, or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Gay soldiers who do not reveal their sexuality while in service are more likely to attempt suicide, a study has found.

Researchers at the University of Montana and other institutions found compared to their straight counterparts, lesbian, gay and bisexual soldiers in the closet are more likely to be depressed, have anxiety disorders and take drugs.

From 1981 to 2011, the US anti-gay policy Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) said gay people should not serve openly in the military, but the effects are still affecting thousands of people.

February 10, 2013

Turkish military is set to adopt a ‘Don’t as Don’t tell’ policy

The Turkish Armed Forces is set to introduce a new regulation that essentially states to gay soldiers: ‘If you come out – you’ll be expelled, if you stay in the closet – we’ll do nothing’.

The old articles of ‘unnatural intercourse’ and ‘psychosexual disorders’ as reasons to dismiss a soldier from the army, are to be replaced with a new criteria: ‘sexual identity and behavioral patterns should be dominant and apparent in every part of life’.

February 8, 2013

'They won’t let their members be gay ... but they’re letting them wear neckerchiefs and green short shorts'

Ellen DeGeneres has weighed in on the debate going on within the Boy Scouts of America organization which is considering lifting its ban in openly gay members and leaders.

But being Ellen, she did so by mixing humor with politics to make her point.

During the monologue on her daytime talk show Thursday (7 February), DeGeneres brought up the debate which has now been extended at least through May after the BSA national board delayed taking action this week.

January 8, 2013

Turkish government’s revised draft regulation for the army continues to criminalize gay and transgender people as ‘unnatural intercourse’ and will be used as reason for discrimination and punishment  

The Turkish government submitted a new draft regulation for the Turkish Armed Forces that retains the article ‘unnatural intercourse’ which has been used to stigmatize and punish LGBT people.

Turkish LGBT rights group accuses the government of colluding with the army to preserve anti-gay and trans measures.

October 12, 2012

‘We’ve reached a level of gayness that suits us,’ declares DoD Spokesman Major Phil McTavish

It’s hardly been two years since the repeal of the US military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Act. The LGBT community worldwide lauded President Barack Obama for his decision to strike down the law forcing gays and lesbians in the army to stay silent about their sexuality or else face the axe.

But in a surprising turn of events, the US Department of Defense (DoD) has declared that it’s ‘gay enough already’ and doesn’t need any more gay or lesbian recruits for the armed forces – at least according to DuffelBlog.