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equalitopia:

White House releases “Progress For The LGBT Community” infographic

The White House just published an inforgraphic that overviews the progress of LGBT Americans. @BarackObama tweeted: “From safer schools to ending #DADT, take a look at three years of progress for LGBT Americans.”

From their post:

“Three years ago, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was the law of the land, and the words “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender” appeared nowhere in the federal register.

Today, gay and lesbian men and women can serve their country without hiding who they are. The Obama administration has declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and the President is working to make our schools safer for LGBT youth.

As we celebrate three years of progress for LGBT Americans under President Obama — and work toward another four — here’s a look at how far we’ve come since the President took office.”


View the full infographic

(Source: equaldex)

— 2 years ago with 663 notes
#barack obama  #dadt  #data  #equality  #gay  #infographic  #infographics  #lesbian  #lgbtq  #photos  #rights  #united states  #white house  #lgbt  #politics 

thetrevorproject:

On the official day that DADT has been repealed, watch as this young soldier publicly comes out to his father. This video is brave, inspiring and powerful.

— 2 years ago with 278 notes
#don't ask don't tell  #DADT  #us army  #marines  #repeal  #lgbt  #coming out  #soldier  #gay 
outinsilence:

DADT ENDS: Air Force Lt. Col. Sean Hackbarth (right) says he can finally talk freely about his significant other. They’ve been together for nine years - and his name is Mike. ♥

outinsilence:

DADT ENDS: Air Force Lt. Col. Sean Hackbarth (right) says he can finally talk freely about his significant other. They’ve been together for nine years - and his name is Mike. ♥

— 2 years ago with 200 notes
#gay couple  #military  #dadt 

gq:

Don’t Ask, Don’t TELL

With the formal end of DADT less than a month away, GQ’s Chris Heath spent six months assembling an oral-history-of-sorts about what it was like to be a gay man serving in the U.S. military. The resulting piece, which appears in our Sept 2011 issue and runs a bit longer at GQ.com, is funny, sad, horrifying and, above all, surprising. Life under DADT is both everything—and nothing—like one might expect. A brief sample below, from a heartbreaking section of the piece titled “Invisible Partners”:

Air Force #4 (senior airman, four years): “Right now our relationships don’t exist.”

Air Force #3: “I’ve had three deployments [while] with the same person. Every time it’s been ‘All right, see you later.’ All the spouses get together, do stuff. He’s just there by himself, fending for himself.”

Marines #2: “The relationship lasted for about four years, but I always felt like I was disrespecting him, to have to pretend he didn’t exist when I went to work. When I got deployed, he was there with my family when I left. It kind of sucked—to shake his hand and a little pat on the back and ‘I’ll see you when I see you’ kind of thing. And when you’re getting ready to come back, the spouses were getting classes—here’s how you welcome your Marine back into the family—and my boyfriend didn’t get any of that. I had a really hard time adjusting to being home. We tried to make it work for a year but he was getting more and more paranoid about people finding out about us. It killed me that he felt that way because of me. I don’t think we ever really had a chance, ultimately.”

Air Force #3: “When I was deployed, every Sunday we would sit down on opposite sides of the world and we would each order a pizza and we would watch a movie together over Skype. We weren’t doing anything bad except trying to spend some time together. But there was no ‘I love you.’ Certainly nothing sexual, or anything like what some straight guys do over Skype.”

Navy #2 (captain, twenty years): “Personally, I haven’t had a lot of struggles. The hardest thing that I faced was about eight years ago. I was dating somebody for about two years who had gotten out of the army. He was HIV positive, and I didn’t know that, and he ended up dying—it just happened very quickly. I am not positive, luckily. So I had a lot of difficulties grasping with that personally, dealing with his death, and I had to take time off work, but still not tell them. I couldn’t go to the doctor or the psychologist. There wasn’t really anybody to talk to.”

(via livingunderdadt)

— 2 years ago with 4708 notes
#news  #DADT  #dont ask dont tell  #politics  #gays in the military 
Lady Gaga tweeted this photo celebrating the repeal of DADT.

Lady Gaga tweeted this photo celebrating the repeal of DADT.

— 3 years ago with 13 notes
#dadt  #lady  #gaga  #twitter  #full equality  #equality  #gay  #rights  #LGBTQ 
The overturning of "don't ask, don't tell" is likely to create a ripple effect in addressing other gay-rights issues →

While critics, including Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain, said the repeal would cause a deadly distraction on the battlefield at a time of war, the lawmakers backing repeal equated the vote to other historic moments including the end of racial segregation among troops in the 1950s and the decision to allow women to attend military service academies in the 1970s.

— 3 years ago with 16 notes
#gay  #rights  #dadt  #same-sex marriage  #mccain  #repeal  #LGBTQ 
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— 3 years ago with 24 notes
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A Message from Pinkpanthers: DADT

We are ecstatic to learn that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a 17 year old policy that prohibited gays and lesbians to serve openly in the US military has been voted to be repealed by Congress today. This achievement is important, not only to those in the military, but to all of us. We truly believe that as our government starts to acknowledge that we are equals and should be treated as such, most of society will as well. Be proud of who you are, what you can do, and the side of history that you are on. We urge you all to do some research, find out if your Representative or Senator helped in the repeal, and call and leave them a message of thanks. It is through a joint effort of our politicians, our advocates, and our hope that we have made an impact.

This is what it feels like when love wins. It does get better, and we’re glad you were here to see this day with us.

— 3 years ago with 19 notes
#it gets better  #dadt  #repeal  #love  #military  #hope  #LGBTQ 
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repealed by Senate 65-31
In a landmark for gay rights, the Senate today voted to let gays serve openly in the military, giving President Barack Obama the chance to fulfill a campaign promise and repeal the 17-year policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/senate_close_to_ending_military_CWChd0bPrF46k5emweC5YK#ixzz18UvyempO

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repealed by Senate 65-31

In a landmark for gay rights, the Senate today voted to let gays serve openly in the military, giving President Barack Obama the chance to fulfill a campaign promise and repeal the 17-year policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/senate_close_to_ending_military_CWChd0bPrF46k5emweC5YK#ixzz18UvyempO
— 3 years ago with 85 notes
#dadt  #repeal  #gay  #rights  #obama  #senate  #vote  #military  #LGBTQ 
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Advances In Senate — Final Vote Likely This Weekend
December 18, 2010, 11:52AM

The Senate took a big step toward ending the military’s ban on openly  gay servicemembers today. By a vote of 63 to 33, the Senate voted to  end debate on a bill repealing the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell  policy, opening the door for a final Senate vote on the standalone  repeal bill passed by the House Tuesday. That means a simple majority of  51 Senators can now bring the legislative fight on repealing DADT to an  end. That vote is expected to come — and expected to succeed — by the  end of the weekend.
(UPDATE: The final vote is now scheduled for 3 p.m. today).

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Advances In Senate — Final Vote Likely This Weekend

The Senate took a big step toward ending the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers today. By a vote of 63 to 33, the Senate voted to end debate on a bill repealing the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, opening the door for a final Senate vote on the standalone repeal bill passed by the House Tuesday. That means a simple majority of 51 Senators can now bring the legislative fight on repealing DADT to an end. That vote is expected to come — and expected to succeed — by the end of the weekend.

(UPDATE: The final vote is now scheduled for 3 p.m. today).

— 3 years ago with 687 notes
#dadt  #military  #gay  #rights  #repeal  #senate  #vote  #LGBTQ 
DADT Repeal Vote Scheduled in the Senate
December 16th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Earlier this evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid  scheduled a vote on the DADT repeal bill for Saturday. This is what we  had been waiting for. HRC President Joe Solmonese issued the following  statement.
“We are gratified that the Majority Leader has scheduled the cloture  vote on the DADT repeal bill for Saturday. It’s time that senators vote  their consciences and move our military and our country forward. This  has always been an issue of integrity for our military and the brave gay  and lesbian service members who serve our country every day. America is  ready for a vote and there’s no need for anymore waiting.”

DADT Repeal Vote Scheduled in the Senate

December 16th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Earlier this evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scheduled a vote on the DADT repeal bill for Saturday. This is what we had been waiting for. HRC President Joe Solmonese issued the following statement.

“We are gratified that the Majority Leader has scheduled the cloture vote on the DADT repeal bill for Saturday. It’s time that senators vote their consciences and move our military and our country forward. This has always been an issue of integrity for our military and the brave gay and lesbian service members who serve our country every day. America is ready for a vote and there’s no need for anymore waiting.”

— 3 years ago with 21 notes
#military  #dadt  #gay  #rights  #advocacy  #LGBTQ 
House Passes Stand Alone Repeal Bill; Now to the Senate

Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted 250-175 on legislation  to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” This historic action is the second  time the House passed repeal legislation this year, the first coming in  May with the National Defense Authorization Act, to which repeal  legislation was attached.
Rep. Patrick Murphy and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer introduced the  free-standing DADT repeal bill yesterday with identical language to the  repeal amendment that passed in the House in May
“Today the U.S. House of Representatives said, for the second time,  what military leaders, the majority of our troops and 80 percent of the  American public have been saying all along – the only thing that matters  on the battlefield is the ability to do the job,” said HRC President  Joe Solmonese.  “We are grateful to Majority Leader Hoyer and Rep.  Murphy for championing repeal and for Speaker Pelosi’s continuing  leadership.  The Senate must now follow their lead.”
Now all eyes shift to the Senate, where Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT)  and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the companion bill, S.4023, last  week after the failed Senate vote to proceed to debate the National  Defense Authorization Act, to which repeal legislation was attached.   The Senate bill currently has 48 bipartisan cosponsors.  The votes are  there to repeal DADT, but the question is whether the Senate will make  the time to pass this important piece of legislation before they go on  vacation?
It is critical that you call your senators and tell them to support  repeal this year. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask  them to connect you to your senator.
If repeal isn’t passed before the Senate adjourns for the holidays,  it will likely be years before there is another chance for repeal.

House Passes Stand Alone Repeal Bill; Now to the Senate

Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted 250-175 on legislation to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” This historic action is the second time the House passed repeal legislation this year, the first coming in May with the National Defense Authorization Act, to which repeal legislation was attached.

Rep. Patrick Murphy and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer introduced the free-standing DADT repeal bill yesterday with identical language to the repeal amendment that passed in the House in May

“Today the U.S. House of Representatives said, for the second time, what military leaders, the majority of our troops and 80 percent of the American public have been saying all along – the only thing that matters on the battlefield is the ability to do the job,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.  “We are grateful to Majority Leader Hoyer and Rep. Murphy for championing repeal and for Speaker Pelosi’s continuing leadership.  The Senate must now follow their lead.”

Now all eyes shift to the Senate, where Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the companion bill, S.4023, last week after the failed Senate vote to proceed to debate the National Defense Authorization Act, to which repeal legislation was attached.  The Senate bill currently has 48 bipartisan cosponsors.  The votes are there to repeal DADT, but the question is whether the Senate will make the time to pass this important piece of legislation before they go on vacation?

It is critical that you call your senators and tell them to support repeal this year. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to connect you to your senator.

If repeal isn’t passed before the Senate adjourns for the holidays, it will likely be years before there is another chance for repeal.

— 3 years ago with 30 notes
#dadt  #house  #senate  #congress  #military  #gay  #right  #LGBTQ 
DADT Repeal Stand-Alone Bill Introduced in the House

December 14th, 2010 at 11:06 am
Today House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. Patrick  Murphy introduced a free-standing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) repeal  bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)  and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the companion bill, S.4023, last  week after the failed Senate vote to proceed to debate on the National  Defense Authorization Act.  The Senate bill currently has 40 bipartisan  cosponsors.
Today’s announcement by Leader Hoyer and Rep. Murphy shows that momentum is on the side of DADT repeal.

DADT Repeal Stand-Alone Bill Introduced in the House

December 14th, 2010 at 11:06 am

Today House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. Patrick Murphy introduced a free-standing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) repeal bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the companion bill, S.4023, last week after the failed Senate vote to proceed to debate on the National Defense Authorization Act.  The Senate bill currently has 40 bipartisan cosponsors.

Today’s announcement by Leader Hoyer and Rep. Murphy shows that momentum is on the side of DADT repeal.

— 3 years ago with 11 notes
#dadt  #don't ask don't tell  #steny hoyer  #patrick murphy  #gay  #rights  #military  #equality  #repeal  #LGBTQ 

Repeal DADT Message from Lady Gaga

— 3 years ago with 11 notes
#dadt  #lady gaga  #gay  #military  #senate  #gay rights  #LGBTQ