Yuma, Arizona Mayor doesn’t want limp wristed soldiers

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

from hrc comes a humbling story …. The Yuma Mayor doesn't think limp wristed men don't belong in the military. The first casualty of the Iraq War speaks out … These hateful words are absolutely inconsistent with the unbending physical and mental courage that I encountered among all of the men and women with whom […]

John Kerr, soldier

Like many veterans, my grandfather remained intensely private about his military experiences. My childhood memories are limited to stories handed down from my father and the only fear I ever saw in John's eyes — when the fireworks exploded on the 4th of July. He would try, but always failed to remain outside. Even as a pool drenched six year […]

New York Times on impact of repealing DADT

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Always interesting to see which NYT pieces that PG picks up … Today they chose to look at the practical implementation of openly LGBTQ soldiers, especially morale. Opinions vary from shrugs (since its already happening) to concern about backlash and harassment to the ever-present rhetoric about destroying anti-gay, homophobic rights to hold those opinions (aka […]

DADT Repeal Pick a camp

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

From Pam's House Blend. 1) The don't-know-enoughs: They only get information in drips and drabs, so they have no idea of the details of the votes or the compromise.  They believe it's repealed, the discharges stop ASAP; some are open to receiving more info to clarify their view. Others find a boatload of information just […]

House Votes to Authorize Repeal DADT; Western PA's Critz votes against repeal

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Bear in mind that this vote does not repeal the ban on openly LGBT men and women serving in the military.  The policy is still in effect.  It does start the ball rolling, but it could realistically be several years until the ban is lifted.  It could also remain in place. So proceed with caution. […]

Steel City Stonewall Endorsement for November Primary

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Preliminary information … Steel City's board has officially endorsed Sestak, Conklin and Onorato in the General Election.  Good discussion.  I'm sure the official slate will be up soon on the steel city website.  You can pick up copies at the booth during PrideFest.  The slate will contain some informaton on why voting Democratic ticket is […]

DADT passes Senate Armed Forces Committee; House May Vote Tonght

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

It is watered down, but it is a step forward.  Pam.

PA Congressman Patrick Murphy ups pressure for repeal of DADT

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

“So it was OK to waterboard a guy over 80 times but God forbid the guy who could understand what that prick was saying has a boyfriend.”–Jon Stewart It has been a big day for the repeal of DADT.  Specifically, there is word that Congress (both chambers) will consider amendments of the Defense Reauthorizaton Act, […]

State of the Nation on DADT

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

A post over at Daily Kos on the potental impassability of the DADT repeal and the consequences of such. These activists share not a common organizer, but rather a common complaint: “Our needs are not being addressed. We are tired of being marginalized and ignored. It is not OK to toss us out of the […]

Trib Letter to Editor on Repeal of DADT

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

Groan.  Colonel Richard Young of Texas, formerly of Ellwood Cty has a letter to the editor in the Trib.  He argues against the repeal of DADT because it will impinge on military chaplains.  While chaplains are willing to minister to everyone, including people they disagree with, they cannot allow the government to censor parts of […]