WATCH: U.S. Navy Observes First Gay Homecoming Kiss

WATCH: U.S. Navy Observes First Gay Homecoming Kiss

It was "like any other kiss," said Thomas Sawicki, who became the first male member of the U.S. Navy to smooch a partner of the same sex in the traditional ceremony.

First Openly Gay Navy Seal to Speak at AMPA Gala

Though he was forced out of the closet, Brett Jones has an impressive history in the U.S. military and remains an icon for LGBT service men and women.

U.S. Navy Approves First Name-Change for a Trans Vet

U.S. Navy Approves First Name-Change for a Trans Vet

The decision is historic, but does not reflect a policy change.

Op-ed: Will the Next Defense Secretary Continue the Pentagon's Equality Expansion?

Dear Ash Carter: You Have Big Shoes To Fill

The next Defense secretary will likely have to carry the mantle of fully integrating all LGBT people into the military. Is Ash Carter game to do it?

Report Debunks Right-Wing Claims of Military Persecution of Christians

Report Debunks Right-Wing Claims of Military Persecution of Christians

Americans United for Separation of Church and State's report responds to 61 claims about perceived threats to 'religious liberty in the military,' several of which relate to LGBT people and issues.

Will Chuck Hagel Open Door for Trans Troops on His Way Out?

Will Hagel Open Door for Trans Troops on His Way Out?

There's still time for President Obama to shake the hand of the first openly transgender U.S. service member. Here's how the outgoing Secretary of Defense can make that a reality.

N.J. Trans Veterans Win Important Fight to Change Names on Military Records

Trans Vets Win Important Fight to Change Names on Military Records

In a potentially game-changing move, the U.S. Army has allowed two transgender veterans to update their names on their discharge papers.

REPORT: New Defense Dept. Policy Could Allow for Open Trans Service

Could a New Defense Dept. Policy Allow for Open Trans Service?

New policy changes to military regulations within the Department of Defense could allow transgender members to serve in the military, contends a new report from the Palm Center.

PHOTOS: Civil War LGBT — and Feminist — Heroes

PHOTOS: Civil War LGBT — and Feminist — Heroes

A photo exhibit celebrates those who crossed gender lines to serve in the Civil War.

Hagel's Exit Leaves Unfinished Business For LGBT Military Members, Advocates

Hagel's Exit Leaves Unfinished Business For LGBT Military

Chuck Hagel spent two years as Defense secretary, but plenty is still left to be done to bring full LGBT equality to the military.

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