Topic: LGBTQ and the Military

‘Righting an Historic Wrong’: President Biden to Pardon LGBTQ Veterans Convicted of Crimes Over Sexual Orientation

In a historic move to address a legacy of discrimination in the U.S. military, President Joe Biden on Wednesday will announce a plan to pardon thousands of LGBTQ veterans who were criminally charged and forced from the service because of their sexual orientation.
Mona McGuire was 19 when she started as a military police officer. Less than a year later, the Army ended her career "under other than honorable conditions" and "for the good of the service in lieu of court-martial" when she admitted during an interrogation that she was gay. (Photo and DD-214 Certificate of Discharge courtesy of Mona McGuire)

The Army Made Her Plead Guilty or Face Prison for Being Gay. She’s Still Paying the Price.

VA will begin considering appeals from veterans with “bad paper” discharges. But thousands of veterans ousted over sexual orientation could be left out.
Kayla and Brian on their wedding day in August, 2005. Photo courtesy of the author.

The “Toxic” Legacy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and Its Lingering Effects on Veterans and Military Families

“My orientation isn't a phase, and I’m not willing to leave a vital part of my identity hidden.” “Don’t ask, don’t tell” lingers for LQBTQ veterans.
Emily Miller celebrates National Coming Out Day at Harvard Business School with the school’s LGBT student association.

Gay Veteran Sees Racism as a Tougher Fight

All movements must include the fight against racism—and that looks different from other protests.
An air traffic controller uses binoculars to look for birds or other hazards that can damage aircraft. Photo credit: Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Hudson

Losing “Pretty Girl” To “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

An investigation into an air traffic controller’s personal life in the era of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell felt like a rippling current of judgement.