11th May 2014
US: Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel ‘open’ to allowing trans people in military 3
5:59 PM — US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said that he is "open" to finally allowing trans people to serve openly in the military.
29th April 2014
South African former army ‘gay cure’ psychiatrist starts jail sentence 11
4:39 PM — A former army psychiatrist found guilty of torturing gay South Africans and dissidents in the apartheid military has started a five-year jail term in Canada.
2nd April 2014
Family Research Council: Allowing gays in the military has caused its ‘absolute destruction’ 22
8:30 PM — The vice-president of the Family Research Council has said that the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell in 2011 has caused the 'absolute destruction' of the US military.
24th March 2014
US radio host: ‘The US is foolish to allow disordered gay and trans people into the army’ 21
6:23 PM — A US radio host has said she thinks certain people should not be allowed into the armed forces because they are "obsessed" with a "disorder" that they have - being LGBT.
13th March 2014
US: Former Surgeon General urges lifting ban on trans people in the military 1
9:52 PM — A report backed by the former US Surgeon General has urged the lifting of a ban on transgender people serving in the military.
7th January 2014
This gay Marine waited 57 years to not be remembered as dishonourable. He got his dying wish 13
7:58 PM — A US Marine who was dishonourably discharged from the military for being gay almost 60 years ago has been given his dying wish to have an honourable discharge.
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".