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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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Same-sex military spouses to receive in-state tuition at UNC

| Thursday, May 29, 2014
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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The University of North Carolina system has directed that in-state tuition be charged to the same-sex spouses of military personnel as long as the couple married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage.

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For a lost soldier…

| Monday, May 26, 2014
AP (File)
Every year that I have lived and worked in this city I have always gone to Arlington National Cemetery to observe the Memorial Day ceremonies. Afterwards, I wander down through the grounds, just to watch, maybe to listen, but mostly to contemplate on the sacrifices made by those brave souls whose final resting place has become hallowed ground, a literal garden of stones. Arlington's rolling hills are a place of extraordinary beauty, a fitting repository for the memory of the living history of the United States. Names from the history books leap off the pages as one strolls through the grounds...

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Military should review transgender ban

| Sunday, May 11, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The prohibition on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military "continually should be reviewed," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday.

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Pentagon releases ‘human goals’ charter that excludes transgender civilian workers

| Monday, April 28, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Monday released its Human Goals Charter, a document that outlines the guiding principles for the treatment of Department of Defense uniform and civilian workforce that, for the first time, affirms gay and lesbian military service members.

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Preview: TransMilitary highlights the lives of transgender service members

| Monday, March 31, 2014
TransMilitary
On this Transgender Day of Visibility, the transgender advocacy group TransMilitary offers a preview of their project, set for release later this year, that highlights the lives of transgender service members here in the U.S. (where being transgender in the military is banned), and in the United Kingdom (where serving as openly transgender is allowed).

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Report: ‘No compelling medical reason’ to ban transgender military service

| Thursday, March 13, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO -- An independent commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general has concluded there "is no compelling medical reason" for the U.S. armed forces to prohibit transgender Americans from serving and that President Barack Obama could lift the decades-old ban without approval from Congress, according to a report being released Thursday.

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Gay Marine’s amazing journey from homeless shelter to Ivy League

ABC NEWS → | Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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U.S. Marine Corps veteran Elegance Bratton was kicked out of his home at the age of 16, spent 10 years homeless, joined the Marines and is now working on a documentary to shed light on youth homelessness in NYC’s West Village.

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Bill would give ‘honorable’ discharges to service members kicked out under DADT

| Friday, January 31, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Thursday introduced legislation to correct the records of service members discharged from the U.S. military solely due to their sexual orientation prior to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, to reflect honorable service and reinstate benefits they would have earned.

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