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Loyalty unrewarded?

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Army National Guard, Col. Cynthia Millonzi
A year ago, Col. Cynthia Millonzi was looking forward to retiring from the Army National Guard. She planned to do so when she passed the 30-year mark in her military career and the 25-year mark in her civil service career. Now, one year short of retirement she faces uncertain future after charges could jeopardize her benefits...

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At 92, Rupert Starr still advocates for gay service members, veterans

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, Rupert "Twink" Starr adjusts a flag at his house in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Starr, 92, who is gay, is a World War II veteran and ex-POW who told his story to aid in the 2011 repeal of the Pentagon's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy and continues to advocate for gays serving in the military.
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio -- Like thousands of other young men in the 1940s, Rupert Starr joined the Army, fought overseas and saw his share of hardship, including several weeks as a German prisoner of war. He returned to Ohio with a Bronze Star for heroism and a secret. Not until his service as a military man was needed once again - this time as an...

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Anti-Gay pundits recycle doomsday DADT rhetoric transgender military service ban

Thursday, September 25, 2014
military-pride
The third anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) found the U.S. military intact and stronger than ever. Despite the utter failure of their previous doomsday predictions to materialize, the same voices of opposition to DADT are now making similar prophecies about potential moves to lift the military's discriminatory ban on transgender ...

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Manning sues Defense Dept. for gender treatment

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Chelsea Manning
Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning asked a federal court Tuesday to order the Defense Department to provide hormone therapy and other treatment for her gender identity condition while she serves her 35-year sentence in military confinement.

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Breitbart columnist asks: Have they cut Chelsea Manning’s penis off yet?

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Milo-Yiannopoulos
A Breitbart.com columnist launched a transphobic attack on transgender former Army Private Chelsea Manning, calling her a "traitorous transsexual" and asking if the government had "cut it off yet." In a September 16 column for Breitbart London, columnist Milo Yiannopoulos attacked Manning - who was convicted in 2013 of leaking classified documents ...

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Lambda Legal sues Veterans Affairs over denial of benefits for same-sex spouses

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Veterans-Affairs
WASHINGTON -- A leading LGBT advocacy group has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, arguing that the denial of benefits to same-sex spouses of veterans living in states that refuse to recognize their marriages is in violation of last year's U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Attorney: Manning not being provided approved hormone therapy

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Chelsea Manning
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Convicted national security leaker Chelsea Manning isn't receiving medical treatment for her gender identity condition as previously approved by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the American Civil Liberties Union and Manning's attorney said Tuesday. The ACLU and Manning's civilian attorney, David E. Coombs, on Tuesday notified ...

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ACLU petitions U.S. Army to recognize two transgender veterans

Monday, August 11, 2014
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TRENTON, N.J. -- The New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union wants the U.S. Army to "fully recognize" the new legal names of two New Jersey-based transgender military veterans. The group announced Monday that it submitted two applications to the Defense Department's Army Review Boards Agency on July 30 on behalf of the two veterans...

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For gay soldiers, marriage and benefits open doors to living life more freely

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Nicholas Harriel and Cristian Saldana
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- While the military policy of "don't ask, don't tell" and the overturning of part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act opened doors more widely to gay people serving openly in the military, it didn't mark radical changes to the way the fighting force looked or behaved. Instead, it brought the possibility of marriage and spousal benefits to ...

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First openly gay commander takes helm at Nat’l Air and Space Intelligence Center

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Col. Leah G. Lauderback
DAYTON, Ohio — The first openly gay commander of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center has taken over the top leadership post of the secretive agency that provides intelligence reports to the White House, Congress and ground troops in combat.

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