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Four states have denied spousal military benefits to LGBT National Guard service members, in a move that contradicts the Supreme Court's ruling that struck down section 3 of DOMA and a Pentagon directive to treat all military members equally.
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Private First Class Manning, the U.S. soldier who was sentenced to thirty-five years in prison on charges of leaking classified government documents, has come out publicly as a transgender woman. In a letter shared by her lawyer, Manning has asked to be referred to as Chelsea and with female pronouns.
On July 30, 2013, it was announced that the Palm Center, best known for its extensive research that revealed the discriminatory and baseless nature of the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy, will receive $1.35 million in grants from the Tawani Foundation to conduct studies on transgender service in the U.S. military.
On July 22, 2013, the LGBT military organization Servicemembers, Partners, and Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All (SPART*A) announced its launch.
Autumn Sandeen is the first transgender service member to publicly have her gender marker changed on all military documents.
This Pride Month, the LGBT community and its allies should take time to honor those lesbian, gay and bisexual servicemembers who served in silence, and all of our proud transgender men and women who were - and are still - forced to do so.
As the United States celebrates and commemorates the strong men and women dedicated to serving our country on Memorial Day, LGB citizens serving in the military are faced with the conflict inherent in serving openly as LGB after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” while fighting for a country that still refuses to acknowledge their relationships.
In the first State of LGBT Military Equality Address, OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson highlighted the work that needs to be done toward the full inclusion of LGBT service members.
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.