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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
  • This month, ACT UP–the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power–is marking its 20th anniversary. We spend the hour with ACT UP co-founder, Larry Kramer. A legendary–and controversial–figure in the gay rights movement, Kramer wrote some of the first articles warning about the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s. He has also written many plays including "The Normal Heart" and "The Destiny of Me." Kramer was...
    Mar 29, 2007 | Story
  • Opposition is growing against President Bush’s nominee to be the next surgeon general, Dr. James Holsinger. Holsinger has argued that homosexuality is unnatural and dangerous and that sexual orientation is a lifestyle choice. We speak to Nation reporter Max Blumental and BoxTurtleBulletin.com founder Jim Burroway.
    Jun 15, 2007 | Story
  • Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma spent five-and-a-half years documenting the lives of gay and lesbian Muslims in twelve countries. His subjects include a gay imam in South Africa, an Egyptian who fled to France after his imprisonment and torture, and a lesbian couple in Turkey. [includes rush transcript]
    May 20, 2008 | Story
  • In California, dozens of gay and lesbian couples were married Monday night as the state performed its first legally recognized same-sex weddings. California is the second state, after Massachusetts, to marry same-sex couples, but it is the first ready to grant licenses to couples from any state. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 17, 2008 | Story
  • While the media focuses primarily on the presidential race, we get an overview of some of the 153 ballot initiatives being voted today in thirty-six states. Voters will weigh in on matters as diverse as clean energy, children’s health insurance, stem cell research, predatory lending, affirmative action, immigrant rights, abortion, gay marriage, adoption, nonviolent drug offenses, income tax, and treatment of farm animals. We speak with...
    Nov 04, 2008 | Story