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GOP Congressman: No Gays in Military; They'll Want Massages

By Jason St. Amand | Oct 23
A Republican congressman from Texas is making headlines this week after saying during a conservative radio show Wednesday that gay men shouldn't serve in the military because they'll want massages, which leaves them open to terrorism.

Rights of Same-Sex Military Spouses Vary by State

Sep 23
Last year's Supreme Court ruling striking down DOMA ensured that federal military benefits extend to same-sex partners and their children. But about 2/3 of active-duty personnel in the U.S. are based in states that don't recognize same-sex marriage.

Chile Sailor Publicly Discloses His Homosexuality

Aug 28
A sailor with Chile's navy on Wednesday announced he is gay, an unprecedented public declaration in this socially conservative South American nation.

Veterans Affairs Sued For Denying Gay Marriage Benefits

By Winnie McCroy | Aug 20
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is being sued over its refusal to grant spousal benefits to same-sex military couples in states where these marriages are not recognized.

DVA Recognizes Lesbian War Widow as a Surviving Spouse

By Winnie McCroy | Jun 13
The Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to retroactively recognize the nation’s first known same-sex war widow, Tracy Johnson, as the legal spouse of the late SSG Donna Johnson killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

Military Color Guard to March in DC Gay Pride Parade

By Jason St. Amand | Jun 6
For the first time, a U.S. military color guard is expected to march alongside rainbow flags in Washington’s gay pride parade.

Rosemary Williams Keynotes AMPA Gala

By Winnie McCroy | May 12
Rosemary F. Williams will keynote AMPA’s inaugural national gala dinner on May 17 in Washington, DC.

No Military Burial for Wife of 74-Year-Old Lesbian Navy Veteran

By Winnie McCroy | Apr 24
Idaho says it’s a no-go for 74-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor to be buried with her wife Jean Mixner’s ashes -- at least not as long as that state continues to ban same-sex marriage.

LGBT Servicemembers at Greater Health Risk

By Winnie McCroy | Dec 27
Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies & Training’s study found that harassment, victimization, mental health, substance abuse and sexual risk behaviors face LGBT service members in the U.S. military.

Same-Sex Ceremony Held at Fort Bragg’s Chapel

Dec 22
The North Carolina home of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and the Green Berets is opening the base chapel to same-sex ceremonies.

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