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  • Michele Benecke is co-director of the Service Members Legal Defense Network which assists gay service members and veterans and those inside the military who are "accused" of being gay. Benecke is a former Captain and Battery Commander in the U.S. Army. Her article, "Military Women in Nontraditional Job Fields: Casualties of the Armed Forces War on Homosexuals" is a leading authority on how the military’s gay ban...
    Apr 10, 1996 | Story
  • More gay men and lesbians are being kicked out of the military
    today than before President Clinton’s much vaunted "don’t ask,
    don’t tell" policy. According to a new report out this week, the
    number of gay men and lesbians discharged from the military
    this year is 42 percent higher than in 1994, the year in which
    the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy was started.

    Here to discuss the new report and...

    Feb 27, 1997 | Story
  • This week in San Francisco a U.S. District Court Judge ruled that former Air Force captain and psychiatrist JohnHensala owes the US Air Force more than $71,000 for his education because he failed to fulfill his military serviceobligation. Hensala was automatically discharged in 1994 under the military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy when hetold the Air Force that he is gay. He was prevented from serving and then...
    Jun 01, 2001 | Story
  • The military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy has led the Pentagon to fire 37 Arabic translators at a time when the military needed them more than ever. We talk to Nathaniel Frank, senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California, Santa Barbara. [Includes transcript]
    Dec 05, 2003 | Story
  • Eight soldiers stationed in Iraq and Kuwait are filing a lawsuit against the Army’s stop-loss policy while 12 former soldiers forced out of the military are filing a lawsuit against the Pentagon’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy. [includes rush transcript]
    Dec 07, 2004 | Story
  • On Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum to extend some, but not all, benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. Comprehensive healthcare, for example, is not included. President Obama’s promise to work to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, Wednesday came one week after his administration filed a controversial legal brief supporting DOMA, an action which greatly disappointed activists fighting for...
    Jun 19, 2009 | Story
  • As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama vowed to work to overturn the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy on gays and lesbians in the military. But since taking office, Obama has made no specific move to do so. Last week, the Supreme Court decided not to hear a challenge to "don’t ask, don’t tell." In a brief, the Obama administration had said the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is "rationally...
    Jun 19, 2009 | Story
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    President Obama has once again pledged to repeal "don’t ask, don’t tell," which bars openly gay men and lesbians from serving in the military. But many queer activists are frustrated with Obama for neither following through on previous vows nor offering a new timetable. We speak with West Point graduate and Iraq war veteran Lieutenant Dan Choi, who’s facing discharge from the military for revealing he is gay. He was...
    Oct 13, 2009 | Story
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    Tens of thousands took to the streets of Washington, DC on Sunday to continue the nationwide fight for equal protection for LGBT people in all matters governed by civil law. It’s been described as the largest demonstration for gay rights in the nation’s capital in over a decade. We speak with attorney and longtime gay rights activist Urvashi Vaid about the state of the gay rights movement and the Obama administration’s stance...
    Oct 13, 2009 | Story
  • Lt. Dan Choi doesn’t want to lie. Choi, an Iraq war veteran and a graduate of West Point, declared last March 19 on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “I am gay.” Under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” regulations, those three words are enough to get Choi kicked out of the military.

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    Oct 14, 2009 | Columns & Articles