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February 19, 2015

Caution urged after draft report details potential policy change

The US Army is reportedly considering making it easier for transgender people to serve in the military.

A draft document obtained by USA Today proposes raising the authorisation level needed to initiate dismissal proceedings against trans service members.

The leaked report, which has not been adopted as official directive, does not rescind current Army policy, which considers transgender people "administratively unfit" for service.

February 13, 2015

Jailed whistleblower is allowed to transition, a first for the armed forces in the US

Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower that leaked military secrets, will be allowed hormone treatment according to reports.

The jailed Wikileaks soldier was approved for gender treatment at the Army's Fort Leavenworth prison.

But while this is a first for the Army to allow a jailed soldier hormones to transition, Manning will be forced to keep a 'male' short haircut.

According to the colonel who approved the treatment, Manning will not be allowed to grow her hair as it could be a 'security' risk.

January 14, 2015

All three armed forces, plus MI5, made it into the 2015 list - but who is number one?

All three of the armed forces are in the top 100 employers for gay, bisexual and lesbian people in 2015, a new report says released today (14 January).

Stonewall, the UK's LGB charity, has published its list showcasing Britain's best pro-gay places to work.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is this year's top gay friendly employer, followed in second place by Tower Hamlets Homes and Lloyds Banking Group in third.

November 20, 2014

After falling in love whilst in the British Army together, Tracey and Samantha Henry became moms to twin boys Finlay and Logan in 2011 through utilizing the IVF services at London Women’s Clinic. Tracey told GSN about the experience

‘Sam and I are both 34 years old and have been together almost seven years. We met whilst serving in the Army but got to know each other during a tour of duty in Iraq in 2007. We started a relationship in February 2008.

‘Sam has been in the army 16 years and is a Staff Sergeant with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. I left the Army after maternity leave and now work for BNP Paribas Rental Solutions in Basingstoke.

‘We first talked about starting a family in 2009 after we got engaged but wanted to wait as Sam was on an 18-month career course.

August 13, 2014

We explore the opulence of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, a Downton Abbey-style treat with a magical Spice Girls twist

What unites the Spice Girls, Harry Potter, Victorian engineering and one of Britain’s greatest poets?

The answer is the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London.

Like stepping through a time warp into Downton Abbey, this hotel offers all the splendor of the golden ages of British rail travel and stately living but with en-suite bathrooms replacing the chamber pots.

This gothic revival pile first opened as the Midland Grand Hotel in 1873 as a showpiece for the Midland Railway Company, offering the height of luxury to its travelers.

August 12, 2014

America’s fallen LGBTI military personnel will be honored with a permanent monument in Washington DC’s Congressional Cemetery if the National LGBT Veterans Memorial Project gets its way and the group recently released the design for it

The US National LGBT Veterans Memorial Project has unveiled its design for a national monument to fallen LGBTI military personnel which they plan to have erected in Washington DC’s Congressional Cemetery.

The memorial will feature three eleven foot tall stone monoliths, arranged in a triangle, with each baring two of the emblems of the United States’ six military forces – the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.

June 20, 2014

Lisa Weiszmiller was kicked out of the US Army in 1979 for being a lesbian but 35 years later it has recorded her discharge as honorable

Oklahoma lesbian Lisa Weiszmiller has had her Army certificate of discharge reissued to list her discharge as honorable instead of dishonorable after she was kicked out of the army in 1979.

The reissued certificate is dated to 22 June 1979 and was given to her just days before the 35 year anniversary of her being kicked out of the army over her sexual orientation.

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.