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Lady Gaga Does Her Best Richard Nixon Impression

Lady Gaga flashed the peace sign at a rally in favor of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in Portland, Maine today. Interestingly, though Gaga is clearly a politically passionate individual, especially when it comes to social issues like gay rights, she isn’t so stoked on her fans expressing their opinions at her concerts. According to a security rider uncovered by The Smoking Gun, Gaga prohibits all “political banners” at her concerts. [The Smoking Gun] Keep reading »

What’s Going On With “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”?

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is going through some major changes this week. In case you need a refresher course, this policy bans openly gay or bisexual individuals from serving in the U.S. military and prohibits superior officers from questioning a person’s sexuality. The thing is that nothing in Washington is ever simple and with all the political babbling and legislative back-and-forth, we’re starting to get pretty confused. After the jump, we break down what’s been going on this week. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy Gets Closer Scrutiny

  • Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee today suggesting a plan to roll back the military‘s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gay soldiers. Gates has proposed a Pentagon lawyer and a four-star Army general to conduct a year-long study into how the military could lift the ban most easily. However, Sen. John McCain, the top-ranking Republican on the committee, spoke out against lifting “don’t ask don’t tell.” Sen. McCain admitted the policy is not ideal, but said it is still effective. [Newsweek]
  • Megyn Kelly, a 39-year-old lawyer, has been given her own two-hour news program on Fox News. Kelly is also in the running for a prestigious prime-time anchor position when Greta van Susteren’s contract expires this year. [Business Insider]

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Lady Gaga Shows Her Support For Marriage Equality


Yesterday was the Marriage Equality March in Washington, D.C. as gay rights activists came out in droves to demand the right to get legally married in the United States. Many celebs were on hand, including Lady Gaga, who gave the speech above. Props for the Judy Garland joke, G! [Los Angeles Times]

In other gay rights news, at a human rights dinner this weekend, President Obama vowed to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the 16-year-old policy which bans gays from serving in the military if they are openly gay. About. Effing. Time. [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Especially If You’re A Lesbian.

I am probably not alone in thinking that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is one of the suckiest pieces of legislation ever. The 1994 policy essentially says that peeps who are openly gay can’t serve in the military. That said, if you’re gay and don’t mind keeping it a secret, then by all means serve your country. Interestingly, a new report shows that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is even suckier for lesbians than it is for gay men. In the army, 36 percent of the soldiers fired last year for playing for the same-sex team were women. That doesn’t sound huge—until you remember that only 14 percent of soldiers are women. Similarly, in the Air Force, 56 women were dismissed last year for being lesbos while 34 gay men got the boot. Barack Obama, can you get on this issue, please? We know you got the Peace Prize, but you still got a lot of work to do! [CNN] Keep reading »

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Officer Discharged From The Army After Saying He’s Gay

Dan Choi is a lieutenant in the U.S. Army who graduated from West Point. He served in Iraq, is willing to go back, and is an Arabic language specialist. Sounds good, right? Well, apparently Choi is not good enough for the military, because after he admitted he was gay on the “Rachel Maddow Show” on March 19th, the army sent him a letter, officially discharging him. According to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy,” which Obama has vowed to change, admitting that you are gay “constitutes homosexual conduct.” The army accused Choi of “moral or professional dereliction.” Choi plans to fight the decision and a campaign has already been launched to help him out. [MSNBC] Keep reading »

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