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Watch this absolutely infuriating interview with Army Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice, who lost her wife Sgt. Donna Johnson on October 1 when she was killed with two other soldiers by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Sgt. Dice is now being shut out of military benefits owed to her, as Johnson’s legal widow, because of… READ MORE »


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Naval Petty Officer Second Class Marissa Gaeta bought 50 raffle tickets so she could win the Navy’s lottery and be the first person off the ship to kiss their loved one at the dock. Once on land, Marissa Gaeta swooped up her girlfriend, Petty Officer Third Class Citlalic Snell, a smooch. So. Cute. [Queerty]… READ MORE »


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Woo hoo! At exactly 12:01 a.m. this morning, the Pentagon repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Clinton-era policy that said gays and lesbians could serve in the military as long as they kept their personal life a secret. Finally, the military has let go of this ridiculous policy—which led gay military personnel to have to… READ MORE »


Celebs

Paul Richmond’s new painting “I Won’t Tell If You Won’t,” inspired by the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, features famous gay allies Lady Gaga and Kathy Griffin. [Boing Boing] … READ MORE »


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While holiday shopping over the weekend, I heard “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” like, five times. I really wish Andy Williams would stop trying to convince me—because really, give me summer anytime. Right now it’s cold and when the sun sets at 4 p.m., I get depressed on a daily basis. But there… READ MORE »


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We were thrilled beyond words to learn that the Senate voted to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which prevented gays from openly serving in the military. The Senate voted in favor of the repeal 65 to 31, and now it will go before President Obama to be signed into law. Said Obama,… READ MORE »


Celebs

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… READ MORE »


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“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… READ MORE »


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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. READ MORE »


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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]

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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… READ MORE »


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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… READ MORE »


Love & Sex

My first semi-legit boyfriend was a year older than me and leaving for college while I was still a lowly high school senior. It was essentially over when he boarded the plane to Connecticut, but the first few school breaks bore strikingly few signs that anything had changed. Where I expected stilted awkwardness there was… READ MORE »


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Don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t think so! This week, the infamous military policy that allowed homosexuals to be discriminated against in the workplace didn’t stand up in court thanks to Maj. Margaret Witt. The decorated Air Force nurse, who had cared for combat victims for 18 years, was discharged in 2007 because higher-ups heard that… READ MORE »