Now that gay people can serve openly in the US Military and get legally married in all 50 states , the thousands of veterans who received dishonorable or "undesirable" discharges before the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell DADT in obviously deserve to have their discharges upgraded to "honorable. Before Obama repealed DADT, it was illegal for gay people to serve openly in the US Military, and gay service members could be kicked out of the military for as little as a casual kiss. Before Bill Clinton put DADT into place in , the military also aggressively conducted investigations, interrogations and sting operations aimed at outing and expelling any service member suspected of engaging in "homosexual activity. According to the New York Times NYT , as many as , service members were discharged for being gay between World War II and , and many of them were given less-than honorable discharges, "barring them from veterans' benefits, costing them government jobs and other employment, and leaving many grappling with shame for decades. One of these service members, Joshua Hoffman, cried as he told the Times that when he was kicked out of the Air Force on suspicions of being gay in , the Air Force wasn't all he lost. Hoffman now lives a happy life with his husband and four adopted kids, and the NYT reports that when his application for an upgrade to an honorable discharge was recently granted, he "proudly posted it on Facebook.
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I was 19 when I first had full-on sex with another man. I was at college, living in dorms, and the experience—aside from the usual horrifying awkwardness and somewhat spontaneity of the occasion—was completely and utterly unremarkable aside from one thing: the guy I slept with identified as straight. It was late or early, depending on your outlook on the world when I was joined by the boy who was living in the room next to mine, way back on the other side of the building. He was clearly intoxicated, but it was a party after all and who was I, quite drunk myself, to judge. The minutiae of exactly how things developed from us being together in that room to us having slightly unsuccessful sex in a bathroom in a different corridor have since escaped me.
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She joined up when she was 19 and has served on the frontline in Northern Ireland, the Falklands and Afghanistan. If Langham-Phillips had come out before she would have been made to leave her job for being a lesbian. It was only then that the armed forces, following a ruling by the European court of human rights ECHR , scrapped the ban on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people serving in the military — a decision that she says transformed her life. Just before the ban was outlawed she had been posted to the Falklands.
AVER is a non-profit VSO that supports and advocates for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military veterans, active duty service members, and their families. Army Reserve-Rtd. Miriam Ben-Shalom, a lesbian Army Reserve enlisted soldier who was discharged in by the military after it was revealed by a higher officer that she was lesbian, fought through the judicial system to retain her post.