Pentagon Response to DADT “survey”

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents has something up on the Pentagon pushing back on the LGBT community's outcry over the ridiculous survey the Pentagon has mailed to 400,000 members of the military.  Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said about the stories that have resulted from the leak of the 103-question survey that many “have been inflammatory in the worst […]

Pentagon survey on DADT panders to fears

Pgh Lesbian Correspondents

What a joke.  The Pentagon survey sent to nearly half a million members of the military plays right into fears that the troops will be forced to encounter homosexuals in the shower. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a nonpartisan legal services group providing counsel to troops discharged under the policy, said the survey's design […]

DADT repeal – the votes

Just an FYI on how the Pennsylvania House delegation voted on the potential repeal of DADT.  Aye is good, No is not. I've already discussed the non-surprising NO vote of Critz who has repeatedly told us he is not a liberal.  Another D who voted against the repeal is District 10's Christopher Carney from Northeastern pA.  […]

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.