Lesbian Wife Wins Fort Bragg "Military Spouse of the Year"

This will necessarily be vague with some details changed. But back when I was a newly out lesbian, I dated a military officer who lived on a base. When I lost my housing due to a bad landlord incident (his bad, not mine!), my girlfriend and I decided to live together. It was during "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and it was no fun for me, living a forced lie. So imagine my thrill when I read the news that this year, Fort Bragg chose Ashley Broadway, 15-year lesbian partner and co-mom to two small children with Lt. Col. Heather Mack, as the military spouse of the year....more
Beautiful article. Thank you for sharing your experience and this inspirational story! I knew ...more

About DADT: A New and Glorious Morn

I walked up to the room just off the library at my law school and saw the recruitment officer seated at a table. I looked his way and called out from the door, “You know I have a law enforcement background and would be an excellent JAG.” (Judge Advocate General) The officer smiled broadly and said, “I won’t ask!” absolutely getting the gist of my comment. I responded, “Yeah, but I would TELL.” We held our gaze for an awkward moment, then I walked on to my next class. ...more

Don't Ask Don't Tell Is Dead. I Didn't Think It Would Happen.

This weekend I should have bought a lottery ticket. I saw things I never thought I'd see. First, I finally got to see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Then, my son cleaned his room. Oh and then the Senate voted to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. I didn't think it would happen....more

Great post! Thanks for reminding us that this is NOT the end of inequality for gays in the ...more

It Gets Better: How to Fight Homophobia

At dinner last night, TW and I were happily reading our Twitter streams and surfing our feeds when we both noticed the great news out of our former home state of Florida. The ban on gay adoptions has been ruled unconstitutional and Governor Crist says Florida will immediately stop the ban on gay adoptions. ...more

Wow, that's a gorgeous family. I knew you had kids, but SIX of them? WOW. As you know, I had two ...more

Senate Stalls "Don't Ask" AND DREAM Act. Will the Paycheck Fairness Act Pass?

Of the many bills up for a vote in the Senate, today's votes on two high-profile pieces of legislation succumbed to a Republican filibuster by narrow margins -- and a third bill of utmost importance to women in the workforce could face a vote in the next week. ...more


What The Latest Don't Ask Don't Tell Statistics Say About Careers In the Military For Women

For a brief news cycle last week, the focus of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy was not on whether the Obama administration would repeal the policy, but on the fact that women are more likely to be kicked out of the military under the policy. An article, by Lisa Leff of the Associated Press, explored both new statistics released by the government and possible reasons why the inequality exists....more

What Happened to the to Promise to Repeal DADT and DOMA

There was a brief period of time after I graduated from college, when I considered joining the military. Growing up, I had always had this kind of romantic notion about serving in the Navy. My grandma had always spoken fondly of her days as a Wave, and my dad had lamented the Navy career he never had, thanks to asthma. They planted the military seed in the back of my mind. ...more

I think many of us in the GLBTQ community have been outraged by the dismissal of those ...more