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Officer X Comes Out!

What a fascinating time to be a gay man in the U.S. military. This time last year, I was sure the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” (DADT) policy was here to stay for the next 2 to 3 years.

Battleland
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September 22, 2011
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Prosecutors File Hate Crime Charges In Washington State Attack

Today, the King County Prosecutor's Office filed malicious harassment and assault charges against Raven Lang Brealan, who is accused of "yelling homosexual slurs" and attacking a man last Saturday night on Capitol Hill.
The man and a companion were walking down East Pike Street a few minutes before midnight on September 17 when Brealan approached them and began calling them "faggots," says a report filed by the Seattle Police Department. When the companion informed the Brealan that "he needed...

The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper: Slog
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September 21, 2011

Lawmakers Introduce Housing Non-Discrimination Bill

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) have just introduced the Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act, or HOME Act, expanding existing federal housing nondiscrimination requirements to include sexual orientation and gender identity. HOME prohibits landlords from harassing or evicting gay and transgender tenants or charging them higher rent. It also prevents discrimination in credit markets, ensuring gay and transgender individuals have equitable access to credit. Twenty-one states...

ThinkProgress » LGBT
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September 22, 2011
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President Gives LGBT Folks a Shout Out at U.N.

While the entire world was focused on President Obama speech about the Middle East, a major historic moment happened for the LGBT community in the very same speech. The President of the United States proclaimed his support for international LGBT rights with these words:
"No country should deny people their rights, the freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but also no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up...

DavidMixner.com
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September 22, 2011
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GLAAD Applauds End of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

GLAAD joins the country in celebrating the end of the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. For far too long, lesbian, gay, and bisexual men and women wanting to serve their country were forced to lie about who they are to their friends and colleagues, or face removal.

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