Posts Tagged ‘lgbt

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You Were The Change

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Jan
17

Thank You, President Obama For The Fight For Equality

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17

Happy New Year From President Obama

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Nov
16

Celebrating We The People

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Nov
16

Early Bird Chat

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Oct
16

Chat Away: The Debate Edition

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23
Jul
16

All Who Want To Serve Are Welcome. Thanks, President Obama

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Helene Cooper: Pentagon Set To Lift Ban On Transgender People Serving In U.S. Military

The Pentagon next month will announce the repeal of a policy banning transgender people from serving openly in the military, Defense Department officials said on Friday, moving to end what has widely been seen as one of the last barriers to service. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has called the regulation outdated and harmful to the military. A year ago, he directed officials from all the military branches to determine what changes would be needed to lift the ban, in a tacit recognition that thousands of transgender people were already in uniform. Under the Pentagon’s plan, first reported by USA Today, each branch will put in place policies covering recruiting, housing and uniforms for transgender troops.

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Ashley Broadway-Mack, the president of the American Military Partner Association, a support network for partners and spouses of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops and veterans, said in a statement that “our transgender service members and their families are breathing a huge sigh of relief.” Estimates of the number of transgender people in the 1.2 million-member military range from 2,000 to more than 15,000. As with the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that applied to gay men, lesbians and bisexuals until it was lifted in 2011, current rules have done little to keep transgender people out of the military. Instead, they have forced many to lie about their status and keep it a secret. Since taking the defense secretary post in February 2015, Mr. Carter has set about dismantling discriminatory rules in the services, including opening all combat positions to women. This week, Eric K. Fanning formally took over as Army secretary, becoming the first openly gay leader of a military service branch.

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U.S. troops react as they shake hands with the President. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama hugs a soldier as he greets military personnel at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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24
Jun
16

The Vice President and President’s Day

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Vice President Joe Biden tours the Kilmainham Prison, where many of those who participated in the Easter Rising in 1916 were held, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden tours the Kilmainham Prison, where many of those who participated in the Easter Rising in 1916 were held, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden and grandson Hunter Biden tour one of the cells in Kilmainham Prison, where many of those who participated in the Easter Rising in 1916 were held, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden and grandson Hunter Biden tour one of the cells in Kilmainham Prison, where many of those who participated in the Easter Rising in 1916 were held, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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Vice President Joe Biden looks at James Joyce manuscripts in the Trinity College Library, in Dublin, Ireland, June 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden looks at James Joyce manuscripts in the Trinity College Library, in Dublin, Ireland, June 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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Vice President Joe Biden and his grandchildren tour the Trinity College Library, in Dublin, Ireland, June 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden and his grandchildren tour the Trinity College Library, in Dublin, Ireland, June 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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President Obama’s day started with the designation of Stonewall as a National Monument

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Full Video of President Obama’s speech and panel discussion

21
Jun
16

Early Bird Chat: Standing With Orlando

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All Times Eastern

10:00AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

1:00PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Daily Briefing

3:15PM: President Obama visits with wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

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16
Jun
16

The President And Vice President’s Day In Orlando

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden place flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden place flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida

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US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pause after laying flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden lay flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pause after laying flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Vice President Joe Biden after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama hugs Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (C) alongside Florida Senator Bill Nelson (R) after Obama arrived on Air Force One at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. Obama arrived Thursday in Orlando where he will console loved ones devastated by a shooting rampage that has fueled America's culture wars and a fresh push for gun controls. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (2nd L) holds up a "Orlando United" t-shirt while greeting US President Barack Obama, alongside Florida Senators Bill Nelson (2nd R) and Marco Rubio (R), after Obama arrived at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. Obama arrived Thursday in Orlando where he will console loved ones devastated by a shooting rampage that has fueled America's culture wars and a fresh push for gun controls. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer holds up a “Orlando United” t-shirt while greeting President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden walk to speak to the media after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Vice President Joe Biden after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Vice President Joe Biden after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden walk to speak to the media after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden leave after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama boards Air Force One prior to departure from Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016, after traveling to meet with the families of victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: U.S. President Barack Obama steps off of Marine 1 on his way back to the residence of the White House June 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. The president traveled to Orlando, Florida to pay respects to the victims of Sunday's nightclub mass shooting and to stand in solidarity with the community. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: U.S. President Barack Obama walks back to the residence of the White House June 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. The president traveled to Orlando, Florida to pay respects to the victims of Sunday's nightclub mass shooting and to stand in solidarity with the community. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)




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