Transgender woman honorably discharged 31 years after going AWOL

HomePost's Beth Ford Roth writes: A transgender woman named Elizabeth Tremblay, who deserted the Marines 31 years ago when she was Pvt. Donald Tremblay, learned today she will get a discharge "with honorable conditions." HomePost has the full story including a short video interview. That interview was done before the Marine Corps decided her fate. I think you can tell she really loved being a Marine. I'm glad the USMC made the right call, and gave her an honorable discharge. … [Read more...]

Considering a military career? What every atheist needs to know first.

Dear Justin, I am considering joining the Navy, and would like advice on how to go about it as an atheist. What do I tell the recruiter? Are there atheist chaplains? What do I put on dog tags as my religion? Is being an atheist in the military looked at like being gay/lesbian, in regards to "don't ask don't tell"? I really appreciate your time, and thank you for getting back. - (name withheld) Advice on how to go about as an atheist: Start out strong, out of the closet. Encourage … [Read more...]

First openly gay general in the US Military

Brigadier General Tammy Smith is the first openly gay flag-grade officer in the US Military. At this rank, she'll have thousands of service members quite literally looking up to her. The private ceremony included a twist on an old military tradition. Brig. Gen. Smith's spouse 'pinned' her. In other words, her wife slapped the new rank onto her uniform for the first time. CNN has the story: Smith received her stars in a private ceremony at the Women's Memorial at Arlington National … [Read more...]

Anti-gay marriage legislation directly affects straight couples

On September 20, 2011 Don't Ask, Don't Tell was officially repealed. This was a huge victory for all the soldiers, organizations, politicians, and citizens that put their time and effort into combating DADT. Obviously, the LGBT rights issue is far from settled in the military. But here at Fort Bragg, N.C. we've got a special kind of hate and coming from the state legislature. And you can help! The Stiefel Freethought Foundation has a new campaign – combating North Carolina’s … [Read more...]

Seeking: WWII-Vietnam veterans dishonorably discharged for being gay

A trusted journalist asked me if I could put him in touch with any victims of discrimination from a specific era. Frankly, I'm not able to help! I'd love to connect with someone who received a "dishonorable" or "undesirable" discharge from the military for being gay. This was the standard procedure before the DADT policy was implemented -- so ideally we're looking for an openly gay WWII or Vietnam vet. Family members of the vet could also work. Any ideas? Any help you can provide would be … [Read more...]

Oklahoma politician attempting to reinstate Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

State legislator Mike Reynolds is an Air Force veteran. He's also a Southern Baptist, which shouldn't matter at all because he is a politician and not a preacher. But invariably the opposition to gay rights comes from a religious motivation. Not this time though. Apparently Mike Reynolds is motivated because some troops asked him to re-instate the policy. Tulsa World has the story: OKLAHOMA CITY - A bill being proposed by a state lawmaker would reinstitute the controversial "don't ask, … [Read more...]

AFA: Gays in the military are all threats to national security

Bryan Fischer at the American Family Association has lost his damn mind. http://www.youtube.com/embed/24CS5YIOAxc? "...every homosexual represents a heightened security risk" This guy is ridiculous. Obviously he is way off and unethical here. You can expect that from this bunch. But let's just follow his premise and statements to their logical conclusion. He is referring to the repeal of DADT as treasonous. He states that the threat gays pose to national security is "just one more reason … [Read more...]