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Hagel could have ended the military’s transgender exclusion

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s resignation under pressure is a setback to the effort to end the military exclusion of transgender service personnel. [...]

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Air Force secretary supports ending ban on openly transgender troops

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Deborah Lee James
U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says the ban on transgender troops is likely to be reassessed and should be lifted. [...]

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ACLU: U.S. Army to recognize legal names of transgender veterans

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Army
TRENTON, N.J. -- The U.S. Army has agreed to "fully recognize" the new legal names of two transgender military veterans, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday. The group's New Jersey chapter announced that the Army Board for Correction of Military Records recently notified the two veterans about its decision. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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