October 6th, 2011
Welcome home.

Welcome home.

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You can have your hate back.

You can have your hate back.

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September 20th, 2011
My name is Josh Seefried. I am a gay first lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and for the past two years I have been known as “JD Smith.”



“I am a Gay Airman” - The Daily Beast

My name is Josh Seefried. I am a gay first lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and for the past two years I have been known as “JD Smith.”

“I am a Gay Airman” - The Daily Beast

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DADT is Dead



The military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, once described in 1993 by President Bill Clinton as “an honorable compromise” — that eventually destroyed thousands of careers — ended Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. September 20, 2011 should be remembered as a landmark day for equality, as indicated by the official military memorandum (PDF) on the end of DADT: “From this day forward, gay and lesbian soldiers may serve in our Army with the dignity and respect they deserve,” Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh and Army officials wrote. “For over 236 years, the U.S. Army has been an extraordinary force for good in the world. Our soldiers are the most agile, adaptable and capable warriors in history — and we are ready for this change.”



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DADT is Dead

The military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, once described in 1993 by President Bill Clinton as “an honorable compromise” — that eventually destroyed thousands of careers — ended Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. 

September 20, 2011 should be remembered as a landmark day for equality, as indicated by the official military memorandum (PDF) on the end of DADT: 

“From this day forward, gay and lesbian soldiers may serve in our Army with the dignity and respect they deserve,” Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh and Army officials wrote. “For over 236 years, the U.S. Army has been an extraordinary force for good in the world. Our soldiers are the most agile, adaptable and capable warriors in history — and we are ready for this change.”

(via katzilla-dances)

(Source: ristia-amore)

September 19th, 2011

You can play “Taps” tomorrow for the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prevented gay service members from serving openly. The policy itself will be consigned to the dustbin of history when its repeal takes effect tomorrow. However, its legacy will still be felt by service members honorably discharged during the 18 years DADT was in place.

Richard Collins was one of them. Collins was a decorated Air Force staff sergeant, who was spotted kissing his boyfriend off-base and not in uniform. Collins, who served for nine years, was honorably discharged. But a Pentagon policy dictated that service members booted out of the military for “homosexuality,” only receive half of the separation pay they would be entitled to. (This links to ACLU’s original story on this issue)

That policy was never a part of the DADT law. Despite President Obama signing the repeal, the Pentagon has refused to rescind the policy.

Collins is part of a class-action suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the separation-pay gap that will be the subject of a federal court hearing on Thursday.

As Collins wrote Saturday in the Stars and Stripes newspaper:  ”We gave our all in serving this nation. The Pentagon should not give us half in return.”

(via liberal-life)

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September 17th, 2011
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will be history next week and by the look of the cover of next week’s Marine Corps Times, the military are ready.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will be history next week and by the look of the cover of next week’s Marine Corps Times, the military are ready.

(Source: Mother Jones, via gay-men)