U.S. Rep. Maloney – a staunch LGBT supporter and co-sponsor of the Uniting American Families Act – has invited human rights advocates and members of the clergy to appear with her today to protest the proposed death penalty and other draconian criminal sanctions for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in Uganda and to demand a meeting with representatives of the Ugandan government.
Now that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Secretary of Defense and Gen. Colin Powell are on board with the commander in chief in allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal advocates must take advantage of this new opening.
In a show of solidarity between the immigration and LGBT movements, Tom Saenz, the president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) delivered the opening keynote address for the Creating Change conference in Dallas.
In yet another blow to the crumbling "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, Gen. Colin Powell released a statement today acknowledging changes in the societal attitudes and assumptions that had previously underpinned the law and announcing his full support for the law's repeal.
In Rhiannon O'Donnabhain v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the Court found that transgender tax payers may deduct the cost of some transition-related surgeries because such procedures are not "cosmetic surgery" as defined by the Internal Revenue Code.
My personal belief is that allowing homosexuals to serve openly would be the right thing to do. I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens.