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Preview: TransMilitary highlights the lives of transgender service members

Monday, March 31, 2014
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). [ Read more → ]
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Report: ‘No compelling medical reason’ to ban transgender military service

Thursday, March 13, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Bill would give ‘honorable’ discharges to service members kicked out under DADT

Friday, January 31, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Air Force Academy: No legal basis to terminate former ex-gay therapist

Monday, December 23, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. Air Force Academy said Friday that the academy will not fire or transfer a research analyst who came under fire last month for his history of work with organizations that seek to change gays’ and lesbians’ sexual orientations. [ Read more → ]
Chuck Hagel

Hagel: All states complying with new rules regarding same-sex spouse IDs

Friday, December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says that all states are now complying with new rules allowing the same-sex spouses of military members to get ID cards in order to claim benefits. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Air Force Academy cadets: No anti-gay culture, issues with ‘ex-gay’ activist

Saturday, November 23, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS -- A group of openly gay U.S. Air Force Academy cadets said Friday they have had no negative interaction with, or objections to the continued employment of a former conversion therapy counselor and long-time proponent of the ex-gay movement. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.)

U.S. House version of LGBT veterans, family benefits bill introduced

Saturday, November 23, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Congressman Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) on Wednesday introduced the U.S. House version of the bipartisan "Protecting the Freedoms and Benefits for All Veterans Act," aimed at ensuring LGBT veterans and their families receive equal treatment for equal service. [ Read more → ]
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Mo. National Guard now issuing military IDs for gay spouses

Saturday, November 23, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri National Guard is processing requests from same-sex partners for military ID cards that are the gateway to accessing benefits. [ Read more → ]
Kentucky

Ky. National Guard now allowing benefits for married same-sex couples

Sunday, November 17, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has accepted a recommendation from the state's adjutant general to allow spouses of gay National Guard members to apply for federal marriage benefits. [ Read more → ]
Mary Fallin

Okla. governor evaluates options over Guard benefits for same-sex couples

Sunday, November 3, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A spokesman for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says Fallin and Attorney General Scott Pruitt are evaluating legal options regarding benefits for same-sex couples in the National Guard after U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a warning to states that have denied those benefits. [ Read more → ]
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N.D. National Guard to issue military IDs for same-sex spouses

Sunday, November 3, 2013
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard says it will issue military identification for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)

Okla. governor tells National Guard to deny benefits to same-sex couples

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Fla. AG avoids taking a stand on military benefits vs. same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Attorney General's office has declined to offer an opinion on whether the Florida National Guard can process benefits enrollment for the spouses of gay troops on state facilities. [ Read more → ]
Ryan Conroy, U.S. Air ForceTech. Sgt. Stacy Shunk, and Master Sgt. Angela Shunk.

USAF lesbian couple first to receive ‘Join Spouse’ assignment

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Just three months after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, a lesbian couple in the U.S. Air Force has learned they will receive an assignment together under the service’s Join Spouse program, the first same-sex couple to obtain the joint assignment. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)

GOP Senator targets revised marriage leave policy for gay service members

Thursday, September 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A ranking Republican member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee said this week that a newly revised Pentagon policy granting marriage leave for gay service members "legally fails to fix the issue of giving same-sex couples a special benefit." [ Read more → ]
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N.C. National Guard to recognize same-sex marriages

Monday, September 9, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The North Carolina National Guard announced Monday that it will begin recognizing same-sex marriages, a policy shift that could have substantial financial help for families not previously eligible for the same federal military benefits awarded to heterosexual couples. [ Read more → ]
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Va. National Guard extends benefits to gay couples despite state marriage ban

Saturday, September 7, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia National Guard said Friday it is complying with a Defense Department policy on extending benefits to qualified spouses of gay service members. [ Read more → ]
Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning seeks presidential pardon for leaking classified documents

Thursday, September 5, 2013
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is seeking a presidential pardon for leaking reams of classified information that her lawyer says did not merit protection. [caption id="attachment_108799" align="alignright" width="410"] Chelsea Manning[/caption] The Pvt. Manning Support Network released documents Wednesday that defense attorney David Coombs... [ Read more → ]
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La. National Guard aligns with Texas, won’t process same-sex spousal benefits

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Louisiana National Guard won't process requests from same-sex couples seeking benefits, joining Texas in the refusal because of the states' bans on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Eric Holder

Obama administration will not enforce ban on same-sex veterans benefits

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
Texas

Texas, Mississippi National Guard refuse to process same-sex couples’ benefits

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas National Guard is refusing to process requests for benefits submitted by same-sex couples because of the state constitution's definition of marriage. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)

Shaheen: Same-sex benefits bill should apply to Veterans Affairs

Sunday, September 1, 2013
CONCORD, N.H. -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says she's planning to move forward with her bill that would grant benefits to same-sex married couples in the military after learning that legislation is still necessary to grant veterans in same-sex marriages those same benefits. [ Read more → ]
Darren Manzella

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ activist dies in traffic accident in N.Y.

Friday, August 30, 2013
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Darren Manzella, a gay combat medic discharged from the U.S. Army after criticizing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in a 2007 television interview, has died in a traffic accident in western New York. He was 36. [ Read more → ]
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Manning takes the stand at sentencing hearing, apologizes for hurting U.S.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
FORT MEADE, Md. -- U.S. soldier Bradley Manning took the stand Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks case and apologized for hurting his country, pleading with a military judge for a chance to go to college and become a productive citizen. [ Read more → ]
Bradley Manning

Psychologist: Bradley Manning had gender identity disorder

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
FORT MEADE, Md. -- Pfc. Bradley Manning's private struggle with his gender identity in a hostile workplace put incredible pressure on the soldier who leaked classified information to WikiLeaks, an Army psychologist said Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
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