2004

  • December 16, 2004 | The New York Times
    Nathaniel Frank is a senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California, Santa Barbara

    TWO lawsuits were filed last week against the United States military. In one, eight soldiers are challenging an Army policy that extended their tours of duty in the Middle East....
  • December 16, 2004 | Los Angeles Times
    When a group of soldiers, furious that their duty tours had been extended, sued to get out of the military on the same day last week that a dozen former soldiers who had been bounced just because they were gay sued to get back in, it didn't take a four-star general to see the irony -- and the waste.

    The Pentagon's troop...
  • December 2, 2004 | Baltimore Sun
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    For the second year in a row, the board of the Naval Academy Alumni Association has rejected an application filed by a group of gay and lesbian graduates to start a national chapter.

    Meeting at the academy in...
  • November 28, 2004 | Washington Post
    He guarded the secret throughout his four years at the U.S. Naval Academy, and for a few years after that as an officer. Jeff Petrie knew that if his self-described "double life" were exposed, his military career would be over.

    Then, on a stop in Oman during the Persian Gulf War, Petrie boarded his ship and saw a piece of...
  • November 12, 2004 | Associated Press
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — After a year of preparation, a group of former Naval Academy midshipmen announced on Veterans Day they will try again to establish the first official gay and lesbian alumni chapter of any U.S. service academy.

    Leaders of the would-be chapter say they've resolved objections raised by the Naval Academy Alumni...
  • November 1, 2004 | The Detroit Times

    "Today's 'Will and Grace' generation of young adults is well on its way to being as comfortable with openly gay colleagues in a military foxhole as in a civilian office..."

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  • October 13, 2004 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    A striking paradox exists in the gay marriage issue. While here in Georgia, and in several other states across the country, efforts are under way to amend state constitutions to outlaw same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian soldiers --- duty-bound to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution --- are voluntarily fighting on the battlefields of Iraq and...
  • September 24, 2004 | Yale Herald
    Brian Hughes, TC '05óformerly '00óleft Yale toward the end of his senior year to join the Army Rangers. He served in the elite unit for two years before ending his tour of duty last August. Brian is gay. His experiences in the army, largely affected by the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, were recorded as part of a study...
  • September 22, 2004 | Associated Press
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Brian Hughes served four years with an Army Ranger unit, including assignments in Afghanistan and Iraq, while keeping his homosexuality -- a potentially career-ending sexual orientation -- secret.

    Hughes, 26, left the Army last month in part because of his frustration with the military's "don't ask,...
  • September 22, 2004 | Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Washington -- In Iraq, Sgt. Brian Hughes would speak up if the Army Rangers under his command talked disparagingly of women or members of other races. But he was silent if they made homophobic comments.

    "I did not want to draw attention to myself in that way," Hughes recounted Tuesday at a Capitol Hill briefing on a study of...