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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Don't Ask Don't Tell

‘Restore Honor To Service Members Act’ Introduced In Senate

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:59 AM January 31, 2014
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“A clean, honorable record is long overdue for veterans who were discharged solely because of who they love.” – NY Senator Kristin Gillibrand

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Democrats Introduce Bill To Give Honorable Discharges To Military Personnel Dismissed Under DADT

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:00 AM June 24, 2013
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Two Democratic congressmen have announced that they will introduce a bill this week that would grant Honorable Discharges and restore the Veterans Benefits of any service member separated under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

DOMA

Obama: Equal Treatment And Benefits For Service Members And Families – ‘Gay And Straight’

by David Badash ● 11:39 PM February 12, 2013
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Tonight President Obama in his State of the Union address promised “equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight.”

Discrimination

Women In Combat: Female Former Army Captain Speaks Out

by David Badash ● 9:00 AM February 12, 2013
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Tanya Domi is a former Army Captain who served her country, left with an honorable discharge in 1990, and now shares her thoughts on women serving in combat roles.

DOMA

Breaking: Defense Department Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Partners

by David Badash ● 12:26 PM February 11, 2013
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Today, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced he is ordering the Defense Department to extend benefits to partners of military same-sex couples.

DOMA

Defense Secretary To Extend Benefits To Gay Military Families, Not All Are Pleased

by David Badash ● 6:00 PM February 5, 2013
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Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce this week that the Pentagon will extend benefits to gay and lesbian families, but the move is set to please few on either side.

Don't Ask Don't Tell

On Our Radar – Ashley Broadway, An Army Of One Literate Lesbian

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 8:00 AM January 27, 2013
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An Army wife refused membership in an Officers’ Spouses Club wrote an open letter so persuasive not only did the Army relent, the Marine Corp proactively changed its policy to assure same-sex families are welcomed. Today, Ashley Broadway is On Our Radar.

Don't Ask Don't Tell

GetEQUAL Challenges Hagel: What Exactly Will You Do To Protect LGBT Service Members?

by David Badash ● 11:10 AM January 16, 2013
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GetEQUAL, the LGBT civil rights organization, has responded to Chuck Hagel’s comments yesterday, and is challenging the former Nebraska Republican Senator to get specific.

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Breaking: Hagel Commits To Extending Benefits To Families Of Gay Service Members

by David Badash ● 2:09 PM January 15, 2013
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Chuck Hagel today sent a letter to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) committing to providing benefits to families of all service members, including those who are lesbian, gay, and bisexual.

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Feds Agree To Full Severance Pay For Service Members Dismissed Under DADT

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:44 AM January 8, 2013
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The ACLU announced that they have reached a settlement with the federal government which entitles service members dismissed under DADT to full severance pay.

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Tony Perkins: DADT Repeal So Overwhelming Military Has No Time To Facilitate Voting?

by David Badash ● 4:44 PM October 9, 2012
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Tony Perkins suggests the military is being disenfranchised because top brass are too busy implementing the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Lesbian Army Sgt. Donna Johnson Killed in Suicide Bomber Attack

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:31 AM October 9, 2012
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Married lesbian Army Sergeant Donna Johnson was killed in Khost, Afghanistan last week, when a Taliban suicide bomber targeted a joint U.S. – Afghan patrol.

Bigotry Watch

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: New Study Reveals Number Of Soldiers Who Quit Over DADT

by David Badash ● 1:18 PM September 20, 2012
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A new study reveals the number of military service members who quit over the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as this week marks its one-year anniversary.

Democratic National Convention

14 Transgender DNC Delegates Is Progress, But Work Remains For Full Inclusion

by James Nichols ● 3:07 PM September 7, 2012
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The 14 transgender DNC delegates embodied an historic moment and laid the foundation for what will be a long road to social inclusion and full legal protection.