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Now they ask, and they’re happy to tell: stories from the frontline

Now they ask, and they’re happy to tell: stories from the frontline

Pentagon officials signed the death certificate for the US military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ban on known gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers today with a rowdy cheer more akin to civilian political rallies than a military ceremony.

Gay marriage honeymoon a smokescreen of lingering inequality

Gay marriage honeymoon a smokescreen of lingering inequality

Hundreds of same-s-x couples rushed to be the first to marry in New York. But that win bears no resemblance to equality-focused gay rights moves in Australia and other advanced societies.

Obama’s gay marriage flip-flop hints at campaign targets

Obama’s gay marriage flip-flop hints at campaign targets

Why is it so hard to believe a left-leaning politician might genuinely oppose same-sex marriage? The bigger problem for Barack Obama is not even he's sure what side he supports.

Greg will phone his boyfriend, now Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is dead

Greg will phone his boyfriend, now Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is dead

President Barack Obama sighed as he put a stroke through one of America’s most talked-about civil rights debates of the past decade: "We are done." Now Greg can call his boyfriend from training camp, writes Harley Dennett in Washington DC.

Policy change, but cloud still hangs over gay US soldiers

Policy change, but cloud still hangs over gay US soldiers

US Senator John McCain, once a centrist "maverick" before his presidential run, went apoplectic in the minutes leading up to congress’s historic vote to overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, writes Harley Dennett in Washington DC.

Don’t ask: Obama claws defeat after major gay rights win

Don’t ask: Obama claws defeat after major gay rights win

The 17-year battle to allow openly gay and lesbian people to serve in the US military was, for a few days this week, an accepted relic like the battles to desegregate schools or give women the vote. But there's a spanner in the works, writes Harley Dennett from Washington.

Let them serve: Defence drops ban on transgender soldiers

Let them serve: Defence drops ban on transgender soldiers

Chief of the Defence Force Angus Houston issued an instruction Monday revoking the policy that effectively banned transgender service members. The ADF is believed to be the last government agency that specifically fired employees for transitioning gender, writes Harley Dennett.

My secret life as a gay soldier

My secret life as a gay soldier

With the US now this close to scrapping its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, an anonymous Lt Col. on deployment in Afghanistan explains what life is like in the camouflage closet.

Gays in the military: Tellers get fired, Askers get nothing

Gays in the military: Tellers get fired, Askers get nothing

Since the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was enacted in the US military, over 13,500 people have been discharged for making their homosexuality public. But does anything happen to those who break the "Don't Ask" rule?

Obama tackles ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the good old US of gay

Obama tackles ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the good old US of gay

The days of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' US military policy -- where homosexuals can serve provided they keep their sexual orientation secret -- may finally be limited, writes Tom McIlroy.