26th September 2013
Video: Pentagon highlights extension of benefits to same-sex military couples 1
7:23 PM — The US Department of Defense has released a video which highlights a case study of a same-sex military couple receiving equal benefits, following a change in policy earlier this month.
6th September 2013
US: Southern Baptist military chaplains banned from performing or supporting same-sex weddings 9
4:41 PM — Military chaplains from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) will not be allowed to perform, attend or support the weddings of gay couples, even if they are held away from military installations, the agency which commissions religious leaders has confirmed.
4th September 2013
Texas and Mississippi National Guard refuse to process gay couples’ benefits despite Pentagon directive 6
12:25 PM — The National Guard in the US states of Texas and Mississippi have refused to process benefits requests from Tuesday from same-sex couples, despite a directive from the Pentagon to do so.
31st August 2013
US: Gay sergeant who criticised ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy dies in car accident 11
11:04 AM — Darren Manzella, a gay combat medic who was discharged from the US Army after criticising the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, has died in a traffic accident.
31st July 2013
Ministry of Defence LGBT Network: Biphobia and transphobia are ‘new frontiers’ for workplace equality 2
4:28 PM — A Human Resources professional for the Ministry of Defence LGBT Network has said that although workplace equality has come a long way since the ban of gay people in the military, ‘B’ and ‘T’ still represent significant hurdles for full LGBT acceptance.
US: Study to find out how transgender troops would affect military ‘readiness’ 7
1:36 PM — An independent group that studies gender, sexuality and the military has announced that they are to research whether the inclusion of trans people into the US armed forces would affect the "readiness" of its troops.
24th June 2013
US: Acting Air Force Secretary becomes highest ranking openly-gay member of Defense Department
9:24 PM — The new acting Air Force Secretary, Under Secretary Eric Fanning, has become the highest-ranking openly-gay person at the US Defense Department.
8th June 2013
US: Same-sex military partners to receive limited benefits from September 9
9:24 AM — The Pentagon has announced that benefits for the spouses of military personnel in same-sex relationships will begin from 1 September. However, they will not be able to receive housing or healthcare benefits, leading many to feel that the changes are inadequate.
4th June 2013
Bradley Manning trial opens with accusations of ‘systematically harvesting’ Wikileaks documents 3
4:05 PM — Gay US soldier Bradley Manning, headed to trial on Monday, where military prosecutors said he "systematically harvested" secret documents to share with anti-secrecy site Wikileaks.
28th May 2013
China: 81-year-old inspired by Pride march to appeal rape conviction
1:01 PM — An 81-year-old war veteran charged with raping 11 of his fellow soldiers during the rise of Mao Zedong says he has been inspired by a Pride march to stand up for having had consensual sex with men.
25th April 2013
US: Connecticut Senate votes to restore benefits to veterans denied them under ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ 3
12:19 AM — The Senate in the US state of Connecticut on Wednesday voted to approve a bill which would restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans who were previously refused them under the US military's former Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
15th March 2013
Gay former US Air Force Major settles ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ lawsuit 6
6:54 PM — A former airman who was discharged from the US Air Force under ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ has settled his lawsuit against the Defense Department.
23rd February 2013
US: Gay soldier booed at GOP presidential debate joins Ohio equal marriage effort 5
12:35 AM — An openly gay US soldier who was booed during a Republican presidential debate in 2011 for asking if potential candidates would undo moves towards gay equality, has joined efforts to lift the state of Ohio's ban on equal marriage.
13th February 2013
US: Obama State of the Union speech calls out to gay service members 3
4:03 PM — President Obama referred to gay soldiers in his State of the Union address last night and said that Americans should be able to get ahead "no matter who they love".
31st January 2013
Tony Perkins blames military suicides on the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell 20
1:59 PM — The President of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, has blamed the repeal of don't ask don't tell for suicides in the US military.
30th January 2013
Video: Bryan Fischer says ‘Big Gay bigots’ will force women ‘into combat to die’ 24
1:55 PM — The American Family Association spokesman, Bryan Fischer has blamed a gay "lobby" for "destroying" the US military, and has said that peoples' daughters will be drafted into the army "to die" because of gay people.
29th January 2013
John Bercow: The progress of LGBT rights is thanks to campaigners, straight allies, and ‘moral strength’ 19
2:55 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons set aside his impartial position to reveal his support for LGBT rights at the London 2018 Gay games bid.
28th January 2013
US: Lesbian wife of Fort Bragg officer gets membership offer and ‘Spouse of the Year’ award 2
4:37 PM — The lesbian wife of an officer at Fort Bragg has won the Spouse of the Year award and been invited to join the military spouses' club that originally rebuffed her.
24th January 2013
Russian Military searches for ‘penis face’ tattoos on soliders’ genitals and buttocks to indicate they’re gay 24
6:15 PM — Russian military officers have been told they should check the genitals of new recruits for tattoos that could indicate they are gay.
16th January 2013
Chuck Hagel supports equal benefits for same-sex military couples
12:37 AM — The all but appointed defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, has said that he supports equal benefits for same-sex military couples in a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer who questioned his previous stance on LGBT rights, before she would endorse him for the post.