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Military veterans chain themselves to White House fence in DADT protest

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Six U.S. military veterans chained themselves to the White House fence Tuesday afternoon in protest of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that prohibits gays and lesbians from opening serving in the U.S. military. [caption id="attachment_7722" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Photo courtesy: Get Equal (getequal.org)"][/caption] Participants, who... [ Read more → ]

Ret. general apologizes for blaming gay soldiers for Srebrenica massacre

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
[caption id="attachment_7609" align="alignleft" width="182" caption="Sheehan"][/caption] A retired U.S. general has apologized for saying that Dutch troops failed to prevent the Srebrenica massacre because openly gay soldiers were included in their UN peace-keeping force. In testimony at a Senate hearing on March 18 on the military's... [ Read more → ]

Marine’s top officer says he draws the line on gays bunking with straight soldiers

Friday, March 26, 2010
[caption id="attachment_7352" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Conway"][/caption] The Marine Corps' top officer said Thursday that straight soldiers will not be asked to share rooms on base with openly gay soldiers if the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is repealed. Commandant Gen. James Conway said that even... [ Read more → ]

Gates announces changes to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ enforcement

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday that the Pentagon will make it more difficult to discharge openly gay or lesbian members of the military. The changes to the [...] [ Read more → ]

Gates to announce new rules for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ enforcement

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The Pentagon is expected to announce Thursday that it will relax enforcement of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that prevent gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military, a decision that officials described as a temporary measure until Congress can take permanent... [ Read more → ]

Former NATO commander blames gay soldiers for Srebrenica massacre

Friday, March 19, 2010
A retired U.S. general has told senators that the Dutch policy of allowing gays to serve openly in its military was partly to blame for its failure to prevent the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. In testimony [...] [ Read more → ]

Choi, Pietrangelo arrested at White House protest of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Thursday, March 18, 2010
Lt. Dan Choi was arrested Thursday after handcuffing himself to a White House fence to protest the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Choi, a gay rights activist [...] [ Read more → ]
Bobby Steggert, left, and Ivan Hernandez in Yank

New musical chronicles relationship between two WWII-era gay servicemen

Saturday, February 27, 2010
[caption id="attachment_6559" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Bobby Steggert, left, and Ivan Hernandez in Yank"][/caption] With "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the national headlines, along comes the York Theatre Company's new off-Broadway musical about gays in the military. Set during World War II, Yank! chronicles the relationship between... [ Read more → ]

Sen. Lieberman announces plans to introduce repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
[caption id="attachment_6482" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Lieberman"][/caption] Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is expected to introduce a bill next week to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," adding an independent voice to the movement to overturn the 1993 law that prohibits gay people from serving openly in the armed... [ Read more → ]

Gen. Petraeus doesn’t believe soldiers really care if they serve with gays and lesbians

Sunday, February 21, 2010
[caption id="attachment_6408" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Patraeus"][/caption] Gen. David Petraeus, head of Central Command, indicated on Sunday that he doesn't believe soldiers care if they serve with gays and lesbians. "I'm not sure that they do," Petraeus said told moderator David Gregory on NBC's "Meet the Press."... [ Read more → ]

Anti-gay groups speak out on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ call homosexuality a ‘deathstyle’

Friday, February 19, 2010
Several leaders of anti-gay groups held a press conference Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC., to voice support for maintaining the failed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays in the military. The press conference coincided with the release of... [ Read more → ]
Lt. Dan Choi  (Photo credit: Bilerico.com)

Openly gay soldier back in uniform following discharge order under DADT

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Lt. Dan Choi, who was discharged from the military for revealing he is gay under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, is back in uniform. Last year, an Army National Guard committee had recommended that Choi [...] [ Read more → ]

Colin Powell says he now supports repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Friday, February 5, 2010
[caption id="attachment_6489" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Powell"][/caption] Retired Army Gen. Colin L. Powell, whose opposition to allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military helped lead to adoption of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" legislation 17 years ago, said this week he now believes... [ Read more → ]

FRC spokesperson supports criminalizing homosexual behavior

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Appearing on Tuesday's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Family Research Council spokesperson and board member Peter Sprigg said he believes that "gay behavior" should be criminalized. Sprigg appeared in the broadcast [...] [ Read more → ]

U.S. Military’s top brass ready to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The nation's top military officer said Tuesday that he supported allowing gays to openly serve in the U.S. armed forces, invoking the words of President Obama in calling it "the right thing to do". [caption id="attachment_5741" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Mullen (right) and Gates, before the Senate... [ Read more → ]

Gates to meet with Congress Tuesday on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

Friday, January 29, 2010
Defense Secretary Robert Gates will unveil the Pentagon's plan to prepare for repealing the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" law regarding gay soldiers at a committee hearing Tuesday, according to CNN. "The Defense Department leadership is actively working on an implementation plan and the secretary... [ Read more → ]

Obama calls for repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in State of the Union address

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
President Obama in his State of the Union address tonight asked the United States Congress to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that prohibits openly gay service men and women in the military. Obama, who made repeal of the ban a campaign pledge, has... [ Read more → ]

Senate committee postpones hearings on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Saturday, November 21, 2009
A planned November hearing by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee to consider ending a ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military will be postponed, a spokeswoman indicated Friday. "We do not have a date" for the hearing, said the aide, Tara Andringa.... [ Read more → ]

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal may be attached to 2011 defense budget

Sunday, November 15, 2009
The effort to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will likely come next year as an amendment to the Defense Department spending bill, rather than through a standalone bill, according to gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), reports the Washington Blade. Frank said in an interview with... [ Read more → ]

Navy petty officer faces punishment over anti-gay abuse and hazing

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Senior Navy leaders handed a career-ending letter of censure Wednesday to the chief who oversaw the prolonged hazing and sexual taunting of members of a Navy dog-handling unit in Bahrain. Senior Chief Petty Officer Michael Toussaint was returned from an overseas assignment and will be... [ Read more → ]

Navy reviewing case of alleged abuse of gay sailor

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The U.S. Navy is reviewing its investigation of hazing and abuse of a gay sailor and others in a military canine unit in Bahrain in 2005 and 2006, the Associated Press reports. Joseph Rocha says he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder related to the... [ Read more → ]

NY Senator takes action against ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Monday cemented her stand on the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays, announcing a hearing to repeal what she called “an unfair, outdated measure that violates the civil rights of some of our bravest,” and prompting the... [ Read more → ]
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