Expected Executive Action Could Change 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Implementation
On Tuesday, Feb. 2, executive changes to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy are expected to be announced that could significantly impact the lives of gay troops. The expected statements from Defense Secretary Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen would protect some service members from investigations based on third-party allegations and set a new standard for what constitutes reliable sources and credible information that trigger a "don't ask, don't tell" investigation.
It is also expected that the military brass will announce changes to the adjudication of potential discharges, whose effect could be to require a flag officer to sign off on any discharge for it to move forward.
Gay American Heroes Foundation Adds New Board Members
The Gay American Heroes Foundation (GAHF) has announced the appointment of several new members to its various boards, including long time activist Dr. Phyllis Lyons, actor Christopher Salvatore and DADT Activist Lt. Dan Choi.
“The goal of the Gay American Heroes Foundation is to build a national traveling memorial to take to communities throughout the USA to honor the lives of LGBT people who have been murdered for simply being themselves,” said Scott Hall, Chairman and Founder of GAHF. “Theses new Board members bring a depth of experience and knowledge that will help us reach that goal.”
President Pledges to Tackle ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in 2010
WASHINGTON, DC –
President Obama’s historic remarks regarding the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law in this year’s State of the Union address have raised the hopes of many LGBT organizations that have been fighting for an end to the law that prohibits lesbians and gays from serving openly in the military.
The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law was passed by Congress in 1993 as part of the FY1994 Defense Authorization Act. It is widely expected that repeal of the law will come as part of that same defense authorization process this year.
Organizing Begins for Harvey Milk Day in Sacramento
The leadership of Equality Action Now is organizing events surrounding the upcoming Harvey Milk Day here in Sacramento. Organizations, individual volunteers, businesses seeking sponsorship opportunities, and donations are most welcome. The next meeting of the organizing committee will be Wed. Feb. 3rd – at Hamburger Patties Midtown Sacramento from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Take a Look at Outword’s New Web Site and Online Issue
We’ve got a new look here at OutwordMagazine.com, this new web site offers easier access and more features, as well as an online “Flip” format for reading Outword Magazine electronically.
Our new web site now features GLBT news, community news, community directories, reviews and much, much more. With this new web site we intend to provide our readers with what they have come to expect from the paper version of Outword, and much more.
Some of the articles will be the same as they are in print, but we will also be able to post stories that we just weren’t able to fit within the pages of the printed version. This is something we are very excited about. So when you go to OutwordMagazine.com be sure to spend some time poking around, and please, let us know what you think!
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