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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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Military to begin initial gender identity treatment for Chelsea Manning

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Chelsea Manning
WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army's request to accept the transfer of national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility where she could get better treatment for her gender-identify condition. The military will instead begin the initial treatment for her.

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SF Pride to honor Chelsea Manning, ban National Guard over transgender policy

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Participants in San Francisco's 2013 pride parade celebrate Chelsea Manning, who was chosen as an honorary grand marshall last year, then suddenly drop amid controversy surrounding that decision.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Organizers of San Francisco have banned the National Guard from participating in this year's festival in response to the military's ban on openly transgender service members, and instead will celebrate a controversial transgender Army private who leaked military secrets as their honorary grand marshal.

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D.C. LGBT pride parade will feature military color guard for first time

Friday, June 6, 2014
US Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard Color Guard
WASHINGTON -- For the first time, a U.S. military color guard is expected to march alongside rainbow flags in Washington D.C.'s gay pride parade. An eight-member color guard team from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington is scheduled to lead off the parade Saturday.

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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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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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VIDEO

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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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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