2003

  • December 30, 2003 | Gay.com / PlanetOut.com
    SUMMARY: A new poll measuring Americans' attitudes towards gays in the military reveals significant support for allowing lesbians and gay men to serve openly.

    A new poll measuring Americans' attitudes towards gays in the military reveals significant support for allowing lesbians and gay men to serve openly. Seventy-nine...
  • December 26, 2003 | Santa Barbara News Press

    A poll showing increased support among Americans for allowing gays to serve openly in the military may have ties to a UCSB center that revealed trained Arabic linguists were released from the armed forces at the height of demand for their services.


    The CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found that 79 percent of Americans believe gays and...

  • December 24, 2003 | Associated Press, Atlanta

    A national project began Thursday to educate veterans about gays in the military, a decade after Congress passed the don’t ask, don’t tell policy.

    The Military Education Initiative plans to reach out to veterans groups around the country, providing speakers to chapter meetings and conventions to open the dialogue about the military...

  • December 22, 2003 | Navy Times

    It’s a heady feeling when important people ask my opinion. It’s really heady when they pay my way across the country, put me on a discussion panel and ask me questions. That’s what happened in September.

    Hofstra University, on Long Island in Hempstead, N.Y., held a conference to look at the military’s 10-year-old policy of don’t...

  • December 18, 2003 | Gay City News

    December 15 marked the tenth anniversary of the passage of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue, Don’t Harrass,” the law signed by former Pres. Bill Clinton that bans out gay and lesbian servicemembers from serving in the nation’s armed forces.

    Legal advocates and gay rights activists eager to overturn the law have undertaken...

  • December 8, 2003 | Washington Post

    Annapolis, MarylandIn a major blow to the efforts of 32 openly gay graduates of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, The Board of Trustees of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association overwhelmingly rejected a proposal from graduates to form "USNA Out," an entity which would have been the nation's first officially recognized...

  • December 6, 2003 | Baltimore Sun

    The board of the Naval Academy Alumni Association unanimously rejected yesterday an application by homosexual graduates to start a national chapter, giving as its reason the group's geographically disparate membership.

    Skid Heyworth, spokesman for the alumni association, said the board did not debate before voting down the...

  • December 5, 2003 | Associated Press

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) The governing board of the Naval Academy Alumni Association unanimously rejected Friday a bid by 32 graduates to establish the first official gay and lesbian alumni chapter of any U.S. service academy.
    The board of trustees, with 27 members attending, took the sooner-than-expected vote at their regular meeting Friday....

  • December 3, 2003 | The Oregonian

    Back in 1988 when they were students at the U.S. Naval Academy, Jeff Petrie and John Sewell hung out in Annapolis, Md., eating at nice restaurants, shopping, buying fashion magazines and grooving to European dance music.

    Not once did the friends discuss their sexuality. So it was only seven years later, when the long-lost friends...

  • December 1, 2003 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Sunday marked the 10-year anniversary of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which prohibits gay soldiers from serving in the armed forces unless they remain closeted and celibate.

    Interestingly, despite the U.S. military's long hostility toward gays, fully 1 million of America's veterans are gay and...