DADT
The latest news about the effects of repealing the U.S. military's "don’t ask, don't tell" policy. Introduced by Bill Clinton as a comprimise measure that allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the militrary branches, DADT went into effect in 1994 and mandated that service members stay in the closet about their sexual orientation. Proponents cited to "unit cohesion," "high standards of morale," and "good order and discipline" as reasons for DADT's necessity. President Barack Obama ended the policy in 2011.
Op-ed: Remember the Troops Who Fought for Marriage Equality
October 15 2014 5:00 AM ET

Op-ed: Remember the Troops Who Fought for Marriage Equality

Sue Fulton

LGBT service members were on the front lines of the battle for same-sex marriage. Let's not forget them in the fight going forward.

Lawyer Who Fought DADT Killed in Seattle Bike Accident
September 02 2014 2:06 PM ET

Lawyer Who Fought DADT Killed in Seattle Bike Accident

Trudy Ring

Sher Kung died Friday when a truck struck her as she rode her bicycle in downtown Seattle.

STUDY: Is U.S. Military Ready for Open Trans Service?
August 27 2014 3:52 PM ET

STUDY: Is U.S. Military Ready for Open Trans Service?

Parker Marie Molloy

The movement to overturn the military's ban on open service by transgender people continues to gain momentum, putting pressure on the Defense Department to act.

Op-ed: Is ENDA Just History Repeating Itself?
August 04 2014 3:30 AM ET

Op-ed: Is ENDA Just History Repeating Itself?

Michael Latin

The fight for ENDA might end up looking familiar to those who lived through the Clinton administration.

Robinson Won't Rest Until Trans People Can Serve Openly
August 01 2014 8:30 AM ET

How Long Until Trans People Can Serve Openly?

Rebecca Juro

Trans military advocate Allyson Robinson may have a new job as a Baptist church minister, but she's not done with helping all military personnel serve openly.

Op-ed: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Isn't Dead Yet
July 10 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Isn't Dead Yet

Jackie Speier

Repealing the discriminatory 'don't ask, don't tell' policy was just the tip of the iceberg in getting a fully LGBT-inclusive military.

WATCH: LGBT Alliance Welcomes Out Airmen
June 11 2014 12:45 PM ET

WATCH: LGBT Alliance Welcomes Out Airmen

Sunnivie Brydum

California's Travis Air Force Base is home to the military's first officially sanctioned private organization for LGBT service members.

Utah Republican Admits Nationwide Marriage Equality Is Inevitable
May 29 2014 2:03 PM ET

Utah Repub. Admits Nationwide Marriage Equality Is Inevitable

Sunnivie Brydum

Sen. Orrin Hatch, a conservative Republican from Utah, says anyone who doesn't believe marriage equality will soon be the law of the land 'just isn't living in the real world.'

WATCH: Ronan Farrow's Trans Military Debriefing
May 15 2014 12:17 PM ET

WATCH: Ronan Farrow's Trans Military Debriefing

Parker Marie Molloy

The MSNBC host continues his focus on trans issues, this time taking on the military and welcoming discharged Navy cryptologist Landon Wilson and TransMilitary's Fiona Dawson to bring the cultural conversation ever closer to critical mass.

WATCH: Defense Sec. Hagel Open to Review Trans Military Ban
May 11 2014 10:59 AM ET

WATCH: Defense Sec. Open to Review Trans Military Ban

Parker Marie Molloy

Though the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell' allowed for lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members to serve openly, the military continues to discriminate against trans individuals, preventing them from service. Secretary of Defense Hagel speaks with ABC News on the policy's future.

Updated Dept. of Defense Human Rights Goals Include LGB, Neglect T
April 28 2014 5:40 PM ET

DOD Updates Human Rights Goals, Excludes Trans People

Parker Marie Molloy

For the first time since 1998, the Department of Defense Updated the Pentagon's Human Goals Charter, including language related to sexual orientation for the first time. The document makes no mention of gender identity.

Study Urges U.S. Military to Reconsider Ban on Transgender Personnel
March 13 2014 10:51 AM ET

Study: Rescind The Ban on Trans Service Members

Parker Marie Molloy

A study funded by transgender billionaire and military veteran Jennifer Pritzker breaks down the arguments disqualifying trans people from military service.

Op-ed: What It's Like Being Trans In Military Academies
December 16 2013 8:07 PM ET December 18 2013 10:57 PM ET

Op-ed: What It's Like Being Trans In Military Academies

Brynn Tannehill

'There are two types of hiding: the kind that requires you to lurk in the dark spaces of the day, behind shadowy places ... and there is hiding in plain sight.'

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