Snowden, Merkel, Obama, and King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

By: Monday January 20, 2014 3:21 pm

President Obama has said that Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is a favorite of his, but again and again, he seems not to understand what King was saying.

Edward Snowden and Angela Merkel are giving him an opportunity to reread it and try once more to get the point.

 

Transgender Soldier Meets the President

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 6:50 am

Memorial Day weekend is, first and foremost, about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It honors the many sacrifices of those who served and who are currently serving. It lifts up families and friends who have lost loved ones to combat and in the line of duty. It recognizes the best our nation had and has to offer.

Last week, as I have on every Memorial Day spent in D.C., I joined thousands of people who visited Arlington National Cemetery to honor our fallen brothers and sisters by putting some flowers on graves and placing flags. I know how President Obama feels about lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members. He’s been very clear about that. But I wonder what he thinks about the policies that bar transgender people from serving openly.

Boy Scouts Propose Expiration Dates for Eagle Scout Rank

By: Saturday April 20, 2013 9:00 am

The Boy Scouts of America are proposing to straddle a barbed wire fence. At the same time they propose lifting the ban on gay scouts, they repeat their opposition to LGBT adult scouting leaders. Thus, the gay youngster who works hard to become an Eagle Scout is shown the door by the Scouts on the day he turns 21.

If there was a merit badge for FAIL, the drafters of this proposal have certainly earned it.

#Fail2Obey – Rally for Lt. Dan Choi, 3/28

By: Friday March 15, 2013 9:54 am

The U.S. government is still prosecuting Lt. Dan nearly three years later — for chaining himself to the White House fence while protesting a law that the government has since repealed. The Justice Department still wants to put Dan behind bars for 6 months for “failure to obey.”

RSVP for the Rally for Lt. Dan Choi.

Pentagon to extend additional benefits to same-sex service members and their families

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 6:55 am

These changes are long-awaited, but there’s still some waiting as the Pentagon will attempt to extend the benefits to same-sex service members by Aug. 31 and no later than Oct. 1 of this year.

Over Easy – In the Mood

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 6:32 am

Gun control has been a hot topic in the wake of the Sandy Hook Massacre. Here in Central Texas, Travis County officials are poised to take a step in the right direction.

Landmark Moment: Army Vet — and Trans Activist — to Head Up LGBT Military Advocacy Org

By: Friday October 26, 2012 3:22 pm

It’s a moment of transition in the post-Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell era. There is still work to be done to bring the lives of LGB service members to parity with their straight colleagues when it comes to civil rights. It is a bold and insightful decision for the organization, in its appointment of Allyson Robinson, to show that the mission for equality is just beginning for transgender service members and Outserve-SLDN is ready to continue making strides and history.

Late Night: Eleventy Dimensional Chess

By: Thursday June 28, 2012 8:00 pm

Watching the wingnut apoplexy unfold today after the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, it began to occur to me that with increasing frequency, President Obama deftly plays Road Runner to the Republicans’ Wile E. Coyote. And just like in the cartoons, everyone knows the ending long before the boulder lands or the dynamite explodes.

Dayen’s Roundup from April 3, 2012

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 6:15 am

Dayen’s news roundup from April 3, 2012, including links to stories on foreclosures, drones, Van Jones, Obama second term?, unions, DADT, Jared Berstein, economic recovery, UN, Syria, auto sales, Hillman Prize, Xavier University, Palestine, Newt, pink slime, and more.

Organizing a 2 Week Trip for Lt. Dan Choi to Visit Occupations

By: Monday February 27, 2012 6:15 pm

I have had the pleasure this week to work with Jane Hamsher and Lt. Dan Choi, DADT activist and superstar occupier! I have been booking travel and organizing events for Dan at 5 different occupations across the country, from Delaware to Fairbanks, AK.

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