Tag Archives: Gays in the Military

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Wonkette Salutes Tammy S. Smith, US America’s First Openly Gay General

A round of applause, everyone! For the first time since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the US Army has promoted an openly gay soldier to the rank of General. Tammy S. Smith was promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General last Friday in a ceremony in Washington D.C.; her wife, Tracey Hepner, affixed Smith’s General’s star to her uniform. Following Congress’s repeal of DADT in December 2010, Smith and Hepner married in March 2011, although the formal end of DADT by the Pentagon wasn’t implemented until September of that year. Despite predictions by the Christian right, the promotion failed to cause Planet Earth to spin out of orbit into the sun. Read more on Wonkette Salutes Tammy S. Smith, US America’s First Openly Gay General…
  sounds about right

New Rick Perry Ad Warns Obama Letting Gays Rob Children of Christmas

Only a genius with an IQ of 500 like Rick Perry could finally fit the puzzle pieces together in what can be called the great Da Vinci Code riddle of our time: why did Barack Obama really want to allow gays to openly serve in the military? So that “our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas” is Rick Perry’s somewhat counter-intuitive solution to this mystery according to his new campaign ad, but then again, special relativity is sort of counter-intuitive too, isn’t it? Oh, Rick Perry, don’t kid. We all know the reason you figured it out so fast is because you also hate Christmas. Incriminating evidence after the jump! Read more on New Rick Perry Ad Warns Obama Letting Gays Rob Children of Christmas…
  since when is the right to basic human dignity uncontroversial in the GOP?

‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Repeal Goes Into Effect, Apparently?

Wait, what? It finally happened? “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is officially over today and is now and forever just one of America’s most cherished, tender Clinton-era memories (right up there with the Monica Lewinsky scandal and Robert Rubin’s banking deregulation spree). Yep, today! Started at midnight! You’d have hardly noticed — where is the screaming? The tantrums? The teeth-gnashing and gay panic from Republicans hollering in whiny, pitched voices? That is usually the only way we find out about these “gays in the military” things, when the Republicans make a fuss, because this entire issue of the DADT repeal is uncontroversial to the nearly 8 in 10 Americans who support the repeal, and it has been that way for a while. Still — no tortured, righteous comments about “distraction” from Lindsey Graham’s Twitter, even? Read more on ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Repeal Goes Into Effect, Apparently?…
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First Lady Michelle Obama Helps All the Straight Military Families

Performing a nationwide genocide of American fat children can get tiring after a while, because there are just so many of them, and so many things keeping them alive. With this in mind, our FLOTUS has taken a break from broccoli-boarding 4th graders to focus on something equally depressing: the struggles of military families! This “Joining Forces” campaign has our FLOTUS traveling to beautiful American locales like Columbus, Ohio, and Camp Lejeune so she can have mosh pits with Elmo and a Jonas Brother and win all twenty seven wars we are fighting right now. And our FLOTUS is right — it is important to support our military families. Our straight ones, that is. Read more on First Lady Michelle Obama Helps All the Straight Military Families…
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Good News For Gays Who Like Fighting In Wars

Hey, it looks like Obama and the Democratic Congress are finally going to get around to repealing don’t ask, don’t tell, just weeks before the midterm election returns a 100 percent Republican Congress that would never ever agree to such a thing. What convoluted legislative shenanigans have these man-loving and/or sapphic warmongers come up with in order to thwart the will of America’s gay-hating people? Read more on Good News For Gays Who Like Fighting In Wars… Read more on Good News For Gays Who Like Fighting In Wars…
 

Someone Needs a Cold Shower, New Underwear

Elaine Donnelly is the crazy right-wing lady who keeps calling Fort Hood to get Hot Gay Army Medic Darren Manzella fired for his audacious crime of not staying in the closet or out of the military as the Jeebus intended. Doesn’t she look like fun? Well, since calling his bosses all the time to demand that he be drummed out of the Army wasn’t good enough, she’s now used her illustrious position as a blogger for the National Review Online to demand that he be gotten rid of for the sake of the morale of the soldiers, some of whose lives he saved during his two tours as an Army Medic in Iraq. Oh, and she’s got her granny panties in a wad over the following photo of soldiers behaving badly. Read more on Someone Needs a Cold Shower, New Underwear…
 

Wonkette Asks, Tells on Army Medic

When I wrote about Army Sergeant Darren Manzella earlier this week, I figured that he might eventually get drummed out of the military and that would be that. Then the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network emailed and asked if I wanted to interview Darren myself and I never turn down interviews with hot guys, so I agreed. Little did I know that they had a surprise for me: Darren knew I’d called him an “insane hottie” and it turns out I can blush! Who knew? Read more on Wonkette Asks, Tells on Army Medic…
 

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? More Like, Don’t Pay Attention.

Army Sargeant/insane hottie Darren Manzella is an army medic and (sadly for my half of the species) gay. Like, very very gay. Gay enough that he came out to his commanders (and showed them a video of him kissing his boyfriend) when he was threatened with a third-party outing just before he was supposed leave for his second tour or Iraq. Oh, we all know what happened, right? Read more on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? More Like, Don’t Pay Attention….
 

Rumors On The Internets: The Admirals Orientation Booklet Musclebound Specimen Said

* Justice Department functionary fears being “scootered,” pleads the fith. [Above the Law] * Army recruiter’s racist homophobic rants made hilarious by use of caps lock. [Pandagon] * John Conyers can buy and sell you. [After Downing Street] * Vast majority of government business done over Hotmail since “whitehouse.gov” addresses make it harder to the get at the Cialis and Ambien. [War and Piece] * Mormons abandon support of Iraq war. What’s next, drinking coffee? [Passport] * Entire Conservative Union board quits after appointing Tom DeLay to itself, but that might just be the chron talking. [Chron] Read more on Rumors On The Internets: The Admirals Orientation Booklet Musclebound Specimen Said…
 

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, DON’T Blog It On MySpace

The number of soldiers discharged from the U.S. military for being gay rose 10% over the past year, the Times reports. Makes sense — it’s not as if the Army desperately needs warm bodies right now, right? But the Army’s outing techniques have gotten a little more sophisticated than the old-fashioned way of blackballing soldiers who carried around little poofy dogs: Read more on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, DON’T Blog It On MySpace…
 

Uh-Oh, Here Comes the Sodomy Squadron

Kudos to Pam’s House Blend for discovering a superexciting new arm of the military buried deep within Christian pundit Joe Murray’s most recent editorial at Agape Press: The Sodomy Squadron has been flying high, for the Supreme Court has deemed sodomy a fundamental right, the Federal Marriage Amendment was DOA, and Massachusetts strong-armed the Catholic Church into ceasing its adoption program when it demanded that a Catholic agency allow same-sex couples to adopt children under the care of the Roman Catholic Church. Wow, the Sodomy Squadron? Why haven’t we heard about this yet? Is that part of the Ass-Fucking* Brigade? Where do I sign up? All you recruiters, take note: exploit this thrilling new appellation and you’ll never fall short of your goals again. Read more on Uh-Oh, Here Comes the Sodomy Squadron…