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Countdown to DADT repeal: OUTmilitary.com is a social network that's time has come

Editor's note: On Sept. 20, 2011, the longstanding ban on gays and lesbians serving openly (or being discharged, regardless, if found out) in the U.S. military will finally be repealed, thanks to President Barack Obama's pen last December, and after the dogged support of Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and senators and Congressmembers on both sides of the aisle.

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Legal Ease: Gay and lesbian divorce

Divorce between gay and lesbian couples is very similar to that of heterosexual couples, with some basic differences.

The biggest similarity is whether you have either registered as domestic partners, gotten married, or done both, you must legally terminate that relationship. You can’t just walk away.

A legally recognized relationship carries with it certain rights and responsibilities which continue until the relationship is legally terminated.

Furthermore, if such a relationship is not terminated, you cannot legally enter into another such relationship.

Chely Wright ties the knot with Lauren Blitzer

CONNECTICUT -- This past weekend, when most eyes were focused on the nuptials of Kim Kardashian in Los Angeles, there was another wedding on the other side of the country that was also making news.

Chely Wright, the country music star who's very public coming out last year cost her many country music fans but gained her the respect and appreciation of the LGBT community, married her partner, LGBT activist Lauren Blitzer.

The event took place at the home of Blitzer's aunt in Connecticut and because Blitzer is Jewish, was presided over by both a rabbi and a Christian minister.

Rights and resources for LGBT seniors

LGBT seniors are entitled to equal treatment, access to services, and basic legal protections under state and federal law.

The Federal Nursing Home Reform Act, enacted in 1987, requires nursing facilities to protect the rights of each resident. Nursing homes must list and give all new residents a copy of these rights.

Although there is no federal law that explicitly prohibits discrimination against LGBT elders in retirement and care facilities, more than twenty states have adopted their own non-discrimination policies.

Take your photo today for The Advocate's "A Gay Day in America"

Get your cameras ready because today is the day.

The national LGBT magazine The Advocate is asking for members of the community to take photos of themselves today, Friday, August 12, 2010, to be considered for inclusion in their upcoming "A Day in Gay America" project.

They request that you submit a photograph yourself, depicting you with either your family and/or friends, or alone -- doing anything "mundane, insane, glamorous or gritty" -- but it must be taken Friday, August 12.

Ten books every LGBT parent should get their hands on

Books about LGBT parenting are few and far between, but here are ten that I recommend for all LGBT parents and prospective parents.

I chose works that each showcase a variety of voices, rather than single-person memoirs, so each one would resonate as widely as possible. I also chose books that focus on the emotional side of parenting rather than medical and legal how-to works, since the latter tend to be specific to particular segments of the LGBT community.

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Social Scene: What is Long Beach's LGB2Network doing in August?

LONG BEACH, Calif -- LGB2Network, one of Southern California’s premiere networking groups for LGBT professionals, just announced a robust line-up of social, community-focused, arts and entertainment-related events for the month of August.

Sababa Social – Wednesday, Aug. 3 -- 7 pm

LGB2Network’s newest monthly event, Sababa Social, invites one and all to enjoy an evening of mixing and mingling at Sababa Restaurant & Lounge on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 pm until close.

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Candye Kane needs a "kickstart" for Toughest Girl Alive run in NYC

OCEANSIDE -- Beautiful, buxom, blues singer Candye Kane just got back to her home in Oceanside this week-- after several months on tour all over Europe -- to find a couple of her close friends had painted her house for her.

"It looks amazing! so caribbean!" she gushed to her Facebook followers.

Unfortunately, she hasn't had much time to enjoy it.

While away on tour, Kane found out that her pancreatic cancer was back and also that she was again denied major risk insurance.

Legal Ease: Legally recognized same-sex relationships -- a rose by any other name?

Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships, Same-sex Marriage are they the same and what are the differences? Though the differences are beginning to dwindle, there are certainly differences when it comes to obtaining rights.

In the context of the dissolution of a relationship, however, the practical application at this point in time is pretty much comparable. Let’s take a look at what that means.

Colonel Cammermeyer on DADT: A promise and redemption

Today I had the esteem pleasure of sitting in on a White House conference call about the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT). Much is being said about who were the “key players” and how this got done, but in all honesty, it was President Obama who said he was going to repeal DADT and he kept his word.

As I sat to write this article, I thought about a Colonel who knew all too well the pain of revealing who she was and then being told after a decorated service to our country that her service was no longer needed because of her sexual orientation and her honesty.

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