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Gayest Christmas Videos: Part 2- Gays in the Military Edition

Here is Nominee #4 from the HMS Ocean, a ship in the British Navy.

As background, Gays have been able to serve openly in the UK Military for several years….

This has obviously had many impacts.  Apparently one of which is even more people making Christmas videos to that damn Mariah Carey song that every homosexual seems to think is the only one to use when making silly Christmas videos.

Except this time a whole ship in Her Majesty’s Navy seems to be in on it….

And no one seems to mind….

Looks like a good way to build “unit cohesion” to me!

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Happy Veterans Day: This Year It’s a Little Different

Many thank to ALL our veterans.  We honor you today and every day.

This Veterans Day is a little different.  For the first time, we can openly recognize and thank our Gay and Lesbian Veterans who have served so long, so well and in silence.

A special Thank You to you and to those brave soldiers, such as a man I’m proud to call my friend, Col. Andy Leonard, who fought so long and hard to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  They fought to allow all vets to be recognized not just for what they do, but to do so without fear that who they are might end their service.

Now we can truly thank all the Vets as they proudly stand openly and together.

Here is a blogpost from the Human Rights Campaign with another Vet’s story:

The following post is from Retired Marine Staff Sergeant Eric Alva:

Today is Veterans Day.  It’s a day to honor all those who have served their country – our country.  Whether they saw combat, or served during times of peace, all who have worn the uniform of any of the five branches of the U.S. Military, are heroes in my eyes.  I salute them.

This year, Veterans Day is a little different.  The honor the uniform commands has always been there, even when we were forced to serve in silence, but this year openly gay veterans like me are holding our heads a little higher because this is the first Veterans Day without the stain of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on our nation.

Last month I was proud to attend the HRC National Dinner.  I’ve attended the dinner the past several years, but this was the first year I wore my uniform to the gala.  I wasn’t alone.  Hundreds of veterans were there that night, some in uniform, others not.  But what struck me the most was not the sheer number of service members and veterans at the Washington Convention Center, but the look in all of their eyes.  That night we knew two things: our nation had changed, and we were part of that change.

Today, on Veterans Day, the love I have for my country is as strong as it’s ever been.  I am proud that I fought for my country, and that fight includes fighting to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  People who are willing to fight and die for their country are rare.  We should not be denied the opportunity to serve, we should be encouraged.  I’m thankful we now are.

Happy Veterans Day.  God bless the United States of America.

Eric Alva was the first American service member wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom, when he triggered a landmine just three hours into the conflict, losing his right leg.  He served as HRC’s spokesperson in our efforts to repeal DADT.  He stood behind President Obama as he signed DADT repeal into law.

via Guest Post: This Year Veterans Day is a Little Different | Backstory Blog | Human Rights Campaign.

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Obama: Commander in Chief Must Support Gay Troops

Good for him.  It’s about time he took a stronger stance both against the Republicans and for Gay Rights.

Admittedly, he had to be pushed- and pushed hard- by the Gay community to actually take some action, but he took it.

Now, I’m interested to see how fast his views on Gay Marriage continue to “evolve”……

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sharply rebuked his Republican rivals, saying anyone who wants to be commander in chief must support the entire U.S. military, including gay service members.

A combative Obama on Saturday criticized Republican presidential candidates for staying silent when the crowd at a recent debate booed a gay soldier who asked a question of the contenders via videotape.

“You want to be commander in chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient,” Obama said during remarks at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights organization.

Referencing the boos at the Sept. 22 Republican debate, he said: “We don’t believe in standing silent when that happens.”

Obama touted his administration’s efforts to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay service members, as well as his orders to the Justice Department to stop enforcing a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

But, as expected, Obama stopped short of endorsing gay marriage, saying only that “every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law.”

Obama has said his views on gay marriage are “evolving”, but for now he only supports civil union.

Obama’s position on gay marriage has become a sore point for some gay activists who say they’re otherwise pleased with the president’s handling of issues important to them. Some of the president’s backers say he could be wasting a chance to energize key segments of his base, including young people, if he doesn’t publicly advocate for gay marriage.

“If he doesn’t, he could be missing an opportunity to mobilize voters who need to be inspired to vote for him,” said Doug Hattaway, a Democratic consultant.

The president’s position on gay marriage puts him at odds with some of his supporters. Numerous recent polls suggest a slight majority of Americans favor giving same-sex couples the right to marry, and support is highest among Democrats and young people.

Obama has acknowledged that public support for gay marriage is building. During a meeting with liberal bloggers last October, he said “it’s pretty clear where the trend lines are going.”

More:   The Associated Press: Obama: Commander in chief must support gay troops.

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

Hat Tip to Towleroad.com…and to Budweiser!

Debate amongst yourselves….

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