The Pentagon held its fifth annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride ceremony Wednesday. The Washington Examiner reports, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus called on gay and lesbian veterans who received a less-than-honorable discharge under the old ban on gays serving openly in the military to have their records corrected to reflect they served honorably. … More Navy Secretary Calls on Gays and Lesbian Vets to Have Military Records Corrected
You might be thinking that hearts and minds have transformed. Society might have evolved on gender identity, but not the military’s old guard. By L.S. Kove, May 15, 2014. The Department of Defense (DoD) is different than the rest of the federal government. Not only is it large enough to swallow the rest whole, but … More The Tale of Two Feds | Transgender and The Department of Defense
by Melanie Nathan, March 28, 2013 I joined a group U.S. service members, GetEQUAL activists, as well as well known U.K. activist Peter Tatchel at the White House today, for a rally in support of Lt. Dan Choi ,who is being tried by the U.S. Government, after he was arrested in November 2010, together with … More Dan Choi ‘s trial day starts with DADT activists re-living arrests at White House
by Melanie Nathan, August 11, 2012. This photo depicts two women kissing goodbye, prior to a deployment to Afghanistan. The soldier who took the photograph submitted it for publication during Pride time to a military newspaper but was refused permission to use the picture in the article. The picture was apparently rejected because it shows … More Military Newspaper Rejects Lesbian Deployment Kiss
Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor ALL Americans who have died in all wars. … More Memorial Day Weekend at GAY USA
by Melanie Nathan, (San Francisco, CA, July 22, 2011) Today, President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen notified Congress that the military is ready to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the discriminatory two-decade old policy that bars lesbian, gay, and bisexual people … More Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Certified
July 06, 2011, Posted by Melanie NathanBREAKING- WASHINGTON, D.C. – Servicemembers United, the nation’s largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, today enthusiastically applauded the order issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifting its own stay of a lower court’s injunction barring enforcement of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. This … More BREAKING:- Log Cabin Republicans v. U.S.A. Stay Order Lifted – DADT
4-17-10 – By Melanie Nathan; David Mixner has produced a great article, where he asserts his choice of 20 most powerful lesbian leaders in American Politics.But who may I ask has with with vigor and resolve led us to “Amend the Civil Rights Act- to include Sexual orientation.” Indeed a worthy list – and truly … More Mixner’s Twenty Top Lesbians in US Politics – But Where is the Messiah?
Today a Binational married lesbian couple (names private) attended Senator Gillibrand’s meet and greet at the LGBT Center in NYC. They went armed with a letter setting out their dire circumstances, including reference to the unconscionable detention suffered by one of the spouses. … More Senator Gillibrand Tells LGBT audience to PUSH Reps for UAFA…. Must be passed by the Spring….
Gillibrand tweets… she is meeting with DoD officials today to discuss DADT Tagged with: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Kirsten Gillibrand New York Twitter United States Senate Committee on Armed Services Gillibrand tweets… she is meeting with DoD officials today to discuss DADT, Oct 2009 You should read the whole article.
I was skeptical about President Obama’s speech and yet hopeful. The short version of this post is that I was generally pleased. Of course I could highlight what was left out and the uncertainties that remain for our full equality, yet my ‘glass half full’ beckons and I succumb! Admittedly, the strongest language yet from … More I AM HERE WITH YOU IN THAT FIGHT and yet I give as much as the law allows?
Thanks to all my friends who responded to this request….. it was an astounding response. Well done…. will keep you posted. MEL re DADT Dan Choi, a native of California and an Army Lieutenant, asked us to share the news of the verdict from his military trial with the Courage Campaign community. Your overwhelming response … More Dan Choi, outcome of come-out hearing……..
BUT I DID NOT HEAR UAFA – Uniting American Familes Act President Obama mentioned many an issue on his agenda for LGBT equality today at his meeting with a group of LGBT leaders – but failed to address Immigation Equality. This is not a good sign. I believe the activists for UAFA need a strategy. Ditching DOMA … More PRESIDENT OBAMA I HEARD DADT, DOMA, ETC
Yesterday I met Lt. Dan Choi as the photos on my home page (scroll down) indicate. He has the heart of a soldier and now an activist. When speaking to him he exuded passon for the army and our Country and wants to serve; he suggests the very idea of booting gays from the army is detrimental to the … More UR-GENT Lt. Dan Choi Hearing in a matter of hours
This token offering is just that; it serves only to highlight what he has NOT done for all the LGBT community … More I do not work for the Federal government and