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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: Transgender Americans should be allowed to serve openly in the military

Monday, February 23, 2015
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaks with U.S. military personnel at Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan on Feb. 22.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Sunday that transgender individuals should not be prevented from serving in the U.S. military solely based on their gender identity. [...]

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U.S. Army proposal would make it more difficult to discharge transgender soldiers

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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The decision to discharge transgender soldiers from the U.S. Army would be made by a top, senior civilian official under a plan outlined in a draft document obtained by USA Today. [...]

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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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Gay military activist, Outserve co-founder facing sexual assault charges

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Josh Seefried
Air Force Lt. Joshua Seefried is facing possible court martial on charges of wrongful sexual contact, forcible sodomy, and abusive sexual contact. [...]

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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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Male sexual assault victims in the U.S. military slow to complain

Monday, December 8, 2014
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According to an anonymous survey released last week by the Pentagon, nearly 1 percent of males in the U.S. military said they had experienced unwanted sexual contact. [...]

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

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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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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Gay veterans group to march in Boston parade for the first time

Monday, November 10, 2014
AP (File)
Boston's annual Veterans Day parade will include a group representing LGBT military veterans for the first time. OutVets, a recently-formed nonpartisan and nonpolitical group based in Boston, expects between 10 to 30 people to march Tuesday in matching polo shirts and baseball caps. The downtown parade covers Boston Common and... [...]

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