| Oct 2, 2013
| 11:49 AM
When the Department of Defense announced it would begin offering benefits to same-sex spouses, it also announced its intention to grant up to 10 days of special leave for military personnel who needed to travel more than 100 miles to a locale where same-...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 5:00 AM
An American soldier sits alone in a wooden box in the desert, trying to erase himself. Off comes the Velcro patch that says CAPTAIN. Off comes the name tag that says HILL. He positions the camera so it will show nothing to betray his identity: just a...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 8:57 AM
Brian Lewis figures he could have dealt with the rape.
It's the Navy's response to the attack that still haunts the Baltimore native.
Lewis, the son of a Defense Department civilian who commanded his JROTC battalion in high school, sailed through...
| May 2, 2014
In the multicolored pop-art assemblages of sculptor Ed Stevens, themes of gay acceptance, sexuality and private turmoil take the form of plastic Army soldiers from his childhood. Hand-painted in the colors of the rainbow, dozens of the miniature figurines...
| Feb 21, 2014
Over the summer, painter Jacqueline Gopie revisited Hawaii for the first time since the Army stationed her there 30 years ago, and noticed something that, back then, might have gotten her court-martialed: a T-shirt, worn by a servicewoman, that read, "I'm...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 1:24 PM
The Stonewall National Museum and Archives is writing a new chapter.
Already the largest circulating library of gay literature and periodicals nationally, the Fort Lauderdale center is now aiming for more: with a new "Dear Abby" exhibit; the launch of a...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 5:58 PM
A Maryland teenager is the first openly gay Boy Scout to become an Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest rank, according to the advocacy group Scouts for Equality.
High school senior Pascal Tessier is already awaiting the next challenge, which...
| Sep 20, 2011
| 5:06 PM
Although the U.S. has ended its ban on openly gay troops, Nicole Carry cannot envision a mass "coming out" of gay service members tomorrow or the next day.
The policy has changed overnight. The culture shift might take a while.
"I don't see a lot of...
| Dec 10, 2011
Don't ask, don't tell. What's that? Something to do with the military?
Oh, yeah, homosexuals can't "tell" about their homosexuality, and commanders or other service members can't "ask" about their sexuality. Sounds like a pretty sensible idea to me....
| Jul 12, 2011
| 9:15 AM
Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a $650 billion Pentagon budget ("House targets 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal," July 9). Am I in a time warp? I thought that it was necessary to cut back on spending in order to cut the deficit.
| Jul 22, 2011
| 7:39 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley pledged Friday to lead the charge next year for a law to recognize same-sex marriage in Maryland, saying he would include the effort among a "handful" of legislative priorities during the 2012 session.
Supporters predicted that the...