Gays in the Military

92-year-old WWII Vet Fought Gay Policy

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UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio — Like thousands of other young men in the 1940s, Rupert Starr joined the Army, fought overseas and saw his share of hardship, including several weeks as a German prisoner of war. He returned to Ohio with a Bronze Star for heroism and a secret. Not until his service as a military man was needed once again — this time as a... more

Report Finds Army Discriminated Against Transgender Employee

The Pentagon celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender Pride Month in 2012. A transgender Army civilian faced repeated instances of discrimination and humiliation, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced. Chad J. McNeeley/Navy

A transgender Army civilian, who was restricted from using a female bathroom in the workplace and was called "sir" by colleagues, faced repeated instances of discrimination and humiliation at the hands of the Department of the Army, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced Thursday in a ruling that is being hailed as a landmark decision. Wh... more

Gay Soldier's Discharge Upgraded to Honorable

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Thirty-five years after being kicked out of the U.S. Army for being gay, an Oklahoma City woman has won her fight to have her discharge upgraded from "other than honorable" to "honorable." "It's crazy," said Lisa Weiszmiller, 53, proudly displaying an honorable discharge certificate backdated to June 22, 1979. On paper, it's just like the othe... more

Military Color Guard to March in Gay Pride Parade

WASHINGTON -- For the first time, a U.S. military color guard is expected to march alongside rainbow flags in Washington's gay pride parade. The Washington Post reports an eight-member color guard team from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington is scheduled to lead off the parade Saturday. The Department of Defense authorized the partic... more

Cemetery Won't Allow Gay Vet Burial Next to Spouse

Madelynn Taylor, a 74-year old veteran, served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1964. Serving in the armed forces was standard in Taylor's family. "It's what we did. When we were 18, you picked a service and joined," she says. Madelynn met her late wife, Jean Mixner, some years after serving her country. The two were married during a church retrea... more

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