Despite the lifting of the so-called 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, transgender veterans still face challenges receiving proper acknowledgement and treatment for their service. In this post, transgender veteran Autumn Sandeen shares her trailblazing story about being among the first to update her gender marker with the VA.
Military service member, Army Captain Stephen Hill, spoke candidly with the Associated Press (AP) last week about his video question about ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in a 2011 Republican Debate (for which he was booed by the audience) and the supportive reaction of his military superiors.
Joining the ranks of marriage equality supporters is a grassroots organization called Andrew’s Round Table, formed this year by the parents of Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt, a 31-year-old gay soldier who was killed in Afghanistan in February.
October is LGBT History Month, a time to celebrate all the brave people who came before us and to remember the enormous impact they have made. At GLAAD, this month also signals an opportunity to tell the stories of some of history’s unsung heroes. Gary Hess — a gay former Navy Commander who in the mid-1970s advocated for an honorable (rather than dishonorable) discharge from the military and won — is one such hero.