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Summary for LGBTQ Mil/Vet Commission Bill Added

Update (05/13/2021) A bill summary was added today: This bill establishes the Commission to Study the Stigmatization, Criminalization, and Ongoing Exclusion and Inequity for LGBTQ Servicemembers and Veterans. The Commission must identify and compile information about the history of military policy regarding homosexuality from 1778 onward, including regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) sexual orientation and gender identity. The Commission must hold public … Continue reading Summary for LGBTQ Mil/Vet Commission Bill Added

Mental Health Issues for LGBTQ+ Veterans #MHM #MHAM

When it comes to LGBTQ+ Veterans, the VA separates lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) Veterans and transgender/intersex Veterans. The differentiation is not discriminatory; it is necessary because the VA recognizes that LGB and transgender/intersex Veterans face different health issues. Mental health for LGBTQ+ Veterans is multilayered due to the progress of military equality starting with the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy … Continue reading Mental Health Issues for LGBTQ+ Veterans #MHM #MHAM

On This Day in 2019, Pentagon Announces Enforcement of Ban on Transgender Service

Following the previous day’s news of a Maryland federal judge lifting the 3rd of four orders barring the military from enforcing the previous administration’s ban on transgender military service, the Pentagon announced that it would be enforcing the policy to bar certain transgender people from joining the military. DoD spokesman Charles Summers stated that the proposed policy would allow transgender troops currently serving to stay … Continue reading On This Day in 2019, Pentagon Announces Enforcement of Ban on Transgender Service

On This Day: 05 February

2014 DoD Directive Containing Provisions for Homosexual Conduct Implemented; DADT is Officially Live Following the process of developing, debating, and enacting the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy in 2013, an updated DODD 1304.26, Qualification Standards for Enlistment, Appointment, and Induction, is implemented. In it there is a section titled, “Provision Related to Homosexual Conduct.” Below is the full text of the provisional section: 8. … Continue reading On This Day: 05 February

SPART*A: Commitment to Serve – Sergeant Liam Hodge-Aguirre

Per SPART*A’s Twitter: “With the end of the transgender ban imminent, here’s the story of one soldier waiting for his opportunity to serve authentically.” Small towns are perfect for some, but others find themselves outgrowing their town and seek a way out. Sgt Liam Hodge-Aguirre grew up in Salisbury, Maryland but it never quite felt like home and he was ready to stretch his wings. … Continue reading SPART*A: Commitment to Serve – Sergeant Liam Hodge-Aguirre