Even after the fall of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act, LGBT service members and veterans continue to face discrimination

The Battles that Remain: Military Service and LGBT Equality

By Katie Miller and Andrew Cray
September 20, 2013

“It is unclear if gay and lesbian veterans will receive spousal benefits if they do not reside in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage; conservatives are attempting to make it easier for service members to harass gay and lesbian troops by establishing broad exemptions for the religious views of service members; transgender Americans are still prohibited from serving in any capacity; and some veterans who were kicked out for being gay or lesbian are still fighting for a discharge upgrade, which affects their ability to gain health care coverage and find employment.

The mission for full equality in the military is incomplete. Here are other major issue areas where LGBT Americans continue to face discrimination in our nation’s armed forces.”

,…,

“LGBT equality in the military is not just an issue of fairness; it is also about facing the reality that LGBT Americans serve in uniform and make sacrifices on our behalf, just like their heterosexual counterparts. It is the explicit duty of members of Congress and the commander-in-chief to support our military and to ensure that the men and women in uniform are able to perform to the best of their abilities. So while some conservative members of Congress have been wasting time attempting to roll back progress on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and inserting frivolous language into the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act—the single-most critical bill to ensuring the functioning of our nation’s military—they could have been focusing on funding the programs that preserve our security and support the troops. It is time that lawmakers lead, follow, or get out of the way when it comes to caring for our troops and achieving LGBT equality in the military.”

More
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/report/2013/09/20/74883/the-battles-that-remain-military-service-and-lgbt-equality/

Advertisements

One response

  1. Reblogged this on JerBear's Queer World News, Views & More From The City Different – Santa Fe, NM and commented:
    LGBT military personnel continuing to face discrimination

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Just The Messenger

News, Politics & Opinion

therevolutionaryact.com/

Be revolutionary. Tell the Truth.

The New Americana

Conservatism isn't dead

Psychology Corner

Everyday Psychology

Brave Girls Club

Life-Changing Fun for Women

StupidpartyLand

A voice of reason in the land of Stupidparty, pointing out the banal and often contradictory positions in StupidpartyLand, USA.

SecularVoices.org

Be Rational. Be Outspoken. Be Heard.

Art & Life Notes

Zooming in on the the big picture

Global Watchdog

Media Accountability Coalition

TFN Insider

The Official Blog of TFN and the TFN Education Fund

76 CRIMES

The struggle to repeal 76 countries’ anti-gay laws and release gay prisoners there

Kansas Exposed

Challenging the official story...

The Progressive Cynic

Modern American politics is filled with partisanship, legalized corruption and extremism. On this site you will find articles on a variety of subjects and points of view that are not normally portrayed in the corporate media--don’t expect any sugar-coating, pandering or interest money propaganda here.

Tiny House Design

Design a More Resilient Life

Modern Atheist .org

Replacing belief with wonder - and understanding.

D.A.W.N. Democracy Against War Now

|| Do unto others as you would like to be done onto || Give as you would like to receive || Love thy neighbour as thyself ||

%d bloggers like this: