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Transgender ban remains in place in US Military.

As lesbian and gay servicemembers and military veterans are celebrating the repeal of the military’s anti-gay “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy — despite delays in implementing the repeal — transgender servicemembers and veterans once again find themselves left behind in the battle for equality.

Because repealing DADT did not end the ban on service by trans people.

“The military still puts trans people in the same medical category as pedophilia. They consider it [transgenderism] to be a medical disorder,” said Monica Helms, president and co-founder of Transgender American Veterans Association.

“Trans people still have to be deep in the closet. They can’t talk to anyone about their lives, or they risk being discharged and getting something other than an honorable discharge,” Helms added. “Because the kind of discharge you get can make a huge difference in what kind of benefits you can get.”

Read the Article Here

(Post reblogged from queermilitaryso-deactivated2012)

Delay DADT Repeal? Pentagon Says No


By Andrew Harmon


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House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Bud McKeon and Rep. Joe Wilson have asked for a delay in “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal, set for September 20, because the committee has not received a summary of policy changes on benefits and other matters, they write. 

“The Department is not ready to implement the repeal because all the policies and regulations necessary for the transition are not yet final,” the two Republican congressmen wrote in a letter dated September 12. “We would ask that the senior military leaders’ memoranda immediately be made public and transmitted to the Committee on Armed Services.” (Fox News has a report and link to the letter here.) 

A Pentagon spokesman confirmed that the repeal date will stand, however. 

“The repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ will occur, in accordance with the law and after a rigorous certification process, on September 20,” the Pentagon spokesman said. “Senior Department of Defense officials have advised Congress of changes to regulations and policies associated with repeal. We take that obligation seriously.”

Update: Servicemembers Legal Defense Network executive director Aubrey Sarvis issued the following statement on the letter from McKeon and Wilson:

“This is another example of the hardcore opposition attempting to delay or undo ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal. I expect they will continue to look for openings to deny gay and lesbian service members the same rights and dignity as their straight counterparts. On the substance, Mr. McKeon and Mr. Wilson are simply wrong. The statute only requires that the new regulations be prepared — not issued — before certification.”

(Post reblogged from parkerkierce)

On ‘David Letterman,’ Mike Mullen Says DADT Repeal Certification Is Close

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during an appearance on the CBS talk show Late Show with David Letterman that certification of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal is close.

Congress approved and President Barack Obama signed into law repeal of the law last December. The policy, enacted in 1993, bars gay and bisexual troops from serving openly.

Top Pentagon officials, including Mullen, and the president must certify that the military is prepared to end the ban before it’s lifted.

Mullen told Letterman: “I testified in front of Congress a year ago February that I personally couldn’t reconcile an institution like the military, which values integrity in everything that we do, yet asking people to come to work every single day and lie about who they are. That is how I felt then. That’s how I feel now. The law has been changed. We’re right now in the middle of conducting training prior to certification. Certification will take place … certainly in the next couple of months.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

On Monday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who’ll retire from his post on June 30, told the AP that he doesn’t foresee any impediments to repeal, and, if the top officers of each service agree, he’s prepared to endorse certification this month.

Branch Specific Progress on DADT

  • Air Force: expect to be finished training around June 30th
  • Marines: expect to be finished training around June 1st
  • Army: expect to be finished training around mid-August
  • Coast Guard: didn’t have actual training, it was more of a non-issue
  • Navy: expect to be finished training around July 1st

These are just the “expected” dates, which means that likely it’ll be after them that training is actually completed. Assuming everything works out by these dates, we’ll still have to wait 60 days after everyone is fully trained and the bigwigs agree that its okay to serve openly. We will keep you posted.

(Link reblogged from truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

DADT in the Navy

I spoke recently with my cousin who is serving overseas in the Navy about how DADT has affected him, (though he’s straight), and those he’s serving with. He said he went through DADT training a few months ago and from what he can tell, everything has gone very smoothly. Even though the repeal isn’t final quite yet, he has a few friends serving “very openly”. 

The only thing that still isn’t equal is anything to do with marriage, as the military still doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages. 

- Kris

(Link reblogged from singleplaidqueer)

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

A HUGE thank-you to all of our LGBTQ and straight military spouses, significant others, and family members (may as well throw you guys in there, too). I know our service members appreciate all the love and support. Stay strong, and keep on loving your soldier(s)!

- Kris

Good afternoon everyone!

Sometime over night we beat the 100 followers mark.

The tremendous amount of support we have seen lets us know that this is something that was needed and is important to the lgbtq community.

We are all working on getting you important information a.s.a.p but while we do that we want to hear from you! Share your experiences, submit your stories, ask us anything you want to know about DADT, our relationships, and other lgbtq topics.

Most of all, thank you for joining us in our effort to support lgbtq military relationships.

-Sam