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Carmen Cardona

Conn. vet leading legal effort for spousal benefits of gay veterans

Friday, August 16, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. -- An 18-year Navy veteran from Norwich is joining forces with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to try to persuade the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to abide by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning gay marriage and extend all federal benefits to veterans with same-sex spouses. [ Read more → ]
Kristina Young, U.S. NavyIn this Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jerrel Revel, left, proposes to his boyfriend Dylan Kirchner during the homecoming of the USS New Mexico at the submarine base in Groton, Conn., after the ship's inaugural six-month deployment.

Sailor proposes to his boyfriend at Navy homecoming celebration

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
GROTON, Conn. -- A Navy sailor returning from a six-month deployment emerged from his submarine, dropped to one knee and proposed to his boyfriend during the homecoming celebration in Connecticut for USS New Mexico. [ Read more → ]
Service members march in uniform in last year's San Diego pride parade.

U.S. Navy to allow uniformed service members to march in San Diego pride

Saturday, July 6, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The U.S. Navy says that active duty service members under the Region Southwest command may participate in uniform in this year's San Diego LGBT pride parade. [ Read more → ]
Christine Kehoe

California lawmaker wants U.S. Navy to name ship after Harvey Milk

Thursday, August 16, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California State Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) has introduced a resolution to support efforts to name a Navy ship after gay rights icon Harvey Milk. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Navy: Uniformed sailors can march in San Diego pride parade

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
SAN DIEGO -- Sailors based in San Diego most definitely will be allowed to march in uniform with the military contingent at San Diego Pride on Saturday, a Navy spokesman told San Diego Gay & Lesbian News Wednesday afternoon. [ Read more → ]
USS Florida

Anti-gay hazing, attempted rape of sailor leads to firing of top Navy officer

Monday, June 25, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. -- A sailor targeted for harassment aboard the nuclear submarine USS Florida became the center of a homophobic hazing case that led to the firing of the vessel's top enlisted officer. [ Read more → ]
Harvey Milk

Reactions mixed over proposal to name Navy vessel after Harvey Milk

Thursday, May 3, 2012
The proposal to name a U.S. Navy vessel after Harvey Milk is drawing mixed reactions in San Francisco, where the slain gay rights leader served as a city supervisor. [ Read more → ]

Our pick for LGBT Ally of the Year: Admiral Mike Mullen

Saturday, December 31, 2011
This year, while several individuals who were outspoken in their support for LGBTQ rights, there was one quiet and unassuming figure, who stood out for his forceful, determined and unwavering support of gay and lesbian persons being able to proudly wear the uniform of the United States Armed Forces of the United States -- Admiral Mike Mullen, LGBT Nation's choice for Ally of the Year. [ Read more → ]
Janet Mefferd and Peter LaBarbera

Peter LaBarbera dubs Navy first kiss ‘indecent’ and a ‘sad day’ for the military

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality joined Janet Mefferd on Tuesday for an hour of attacking LGBT rights and urgently praying for gays and lesbians to be freed from Satan’s captivity. [ Read more → ]

Lesbian couple shares first kiss in historic Navy homecoming

Thursday, December 22, 2011
In what has become a tradition at Navy homecomings, one sailor is chosen by raffle to be first off the ship to kiss a loved one -- on Wednesday, for the first time, the reunited couple was same-sex. [ Read more → ]
Melvin Dwork

Gay WW II veteran finally sees discharge changed from ‘undesirable’ to ‘honorable’

Saturday, September 17, 2011
After almost 70 years since receiving an "undesirable" discharge because he is gay, Melvin Dwork, a World War II Navy veteran has had his discharged finally changed to "honorable," reported the Associated Press. [ Read more → ]
Tim Huelskamp

U.S. House adds another anti-gay amendment to Defense appropriations bill

Friday, July 8, 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday morning voted in favor of an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that prohibits the use of funds to implement training on the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law for chaplains. [ Read more → ]

CT congressman wants same-sex ceremonies permitted on naval facilities

Thursday, June 2, 2011
U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Wednesday sent a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, asking him to uphold an April decision allowing same-sex ceremonies to be held at naval facilities. Connecticut is home the Naval Subase New London. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Jones

Navy halts discharge of suspected gay sailor targeted for ‘unprofessional conduct’

Saturday, April 9, 2011
The U.S. Navy has halted discharge proceedings against a naval officer who was found asleep in his bed next to a male colleague, according to Servicemembers United, a gay and lesbian service members’ advocacy group. [ Read more → ]
Derek Morado

U.S. Navy panel: Gay sailor will not be discharged

Friday, April 1, 2011
A three member panel of U.S. Navy Officers voted 3-0 on Thursday in favor of retaining Petty Officer Derek Morado, who had been facing a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" disciplinary discharge hearing, more than a year after being told he would be discharged. [ Read more → ]
Stephen Jones

U.S. Navy seeks to discharge sailor over platonic sleepover

Monday, March 7, 2011
A case that has taken on an appearance of an attempt by Navy officials to discharge a service member for "implied" homosexuality has LGBTQ activists angry, and the U.S. Navy scrambling to defend its position. [ Read more → ]
Honors, appearing in one of the videos he produced.

Navy captain relieved of command over raunchy, anti-gay videos

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Capt. Owen Honors, the U.S. Navy officer who commanded the USS Enterprise and produced several controversial -- and often anti-gay -- videos while second in command aboard the aircraft carrier, has been permanently relieved of his command. [ Read more → ]
USS Enterprise

Navy investigating raunchy, anti-gay videos shown aboard aircraft carrier

Sunday, January 2, 2011
The U.S. Navy has launched an investigation into a how a series of raunchy, and often anti-gay, videos were produced and then shown to a crew of nearly 6,000 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise while on deployment supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. [ 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 → ]
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