Obama Will No Longer Defend Blocking Benefits for Gay Soldiers

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In October of 2011, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network filed a federal lawsuit (McLaughlin v. Panetta) asserting that the denial of "same recognition, family support and benefits" for gay military members and their married partners is unconstitutional. And today the Obama administration has announced they now believe that the legislation that ... See the Rest

A Soldier Seeks Equality

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Captain Stephen Hill, the gay soldier who was booed by audience members at a GOP presidential debate, has written an op-ed for The Advocate reflecting on the last year and explaining why he (and his recently married partner, Joshua) have joined seven other couples in a lawsuit brought against the federal government represented by Servicemembers ... See the Rest

Gay Veterans Day

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(Updated Repost) If I may, I'd like to give a shout out to all the gay military vets, today on Veterans Day. They don't often get a mention, but they sure deserve the thanks. For myself, I can't help but remember all the young gay men I met and served with during my time in the US Army. Most of all, I remember being stationed in Germany during the ... See the Rest

HBO’s Screening of The Strange History of DADT

Strange History of DADT - Mike Almy

I attended the special screening of The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell at the HBO theater in NYC today. Both Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey were there, as well as several other activists and soldiers who appeared in the film, such as Aubrey Sarvis of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, and gay soldiers, Mike Almy and Victor Fehrenbach. ... See the Rest

Review: The Strange History Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

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I was quite flattered that Randy and Fenton had ask that I be one of the first to preview their new documentary film, The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which will air on HBO September 20th. To be honest, I had some substantial trepidation about WOW’s production of this documentary. As a gay veteran of the Armed Forces who sadly has ... See the Rest

SLDN WARNING: DADT REMAINS IN EFFECT!

The White House is expected to hold a signing ceremony for the so-called repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell today. After initially overlooking Dan Choi's invite (which garnered a serious bit of negative reaction) Americablog is reporting that both Dan and Robin McGehe of GetEQUAL have now recieved a belated invitation.  One has to wonder if ... See the Rest