Tag: D.A.D.T.

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (September 3, 2009 – September 10, 2009)

Gay Sailor Brutalized by Own Unit and Discharged in CA – Former Petty Officer Third Class Joseph Rocha was brutalized for more than two years by members of his own unit in Bahrain. He was returned to CA suffering from P.T.S.D. and was forced to admit to his sexual orientation – then was discharged under D.A.D.T. Others were also brutalized and the military is investigating.
Bill Recognizing Harvey Milk’s Birthday Passes CA Legislature – Once again a bill to recognize Harvey Milk is waiting for the signature of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – and would recognize Harvey Milk on his birthday – May 22nd. If signed – Harvey Milk would join the only three other days of recognition in the state. The link also displays a photo of Harvey Milk at the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade in 1978 – five months before his assassination.
LGBT Activist Runs For Mayor in Idaho Town – Melissa Sue Robinson happens to be an LGBT activist who is also a Transgender woman running for mayor of Nampa. She was previously married for 17 years and her ex-wife now plays a major role in her election campaign.


September 12, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (July 25, 2009 – August 1, 2009)

LGBT Author E. Lynn Harris Passes in CA – E. Lynn Harris wasn’t always a novelist. He had lived the earlier part of his life as a heterosexual – but on the “down low” as a Black Gay man. While at the University of Arkansas he was the first Black yearbook editor – as well as the university’s first Black male cheerleader. His “down low” life continued. Mr. Harris became a successful computer salesman for three of the leading major corporations after graduation – and lived in several locations in the eastern half of the country. While at a corporate conference in 1983 he met a person whose encouragement helped Mr. Harris to change his life. The person he met was Maya Angelou – and she strongly encouraged him to write. In 1990 he made some serious changes in his life – and then he moved to Atlanta to devote himself to his writing. His first book was self-published using the last of his savings – that was in 1992 when he published “Invisible Life”.


August 5, 2009 0

LGBT Notable News Happenings – (July 4, 2009 – July 12, 2009)

Australian Sailors Competition Under Investigation – Australia is not the first country to be embarrassed by its military – the US has had a couple of investigations of its own. This time it’s Australia’s turn. A vessel of the Australian Navy was docked in Singapore during this past May. While the vessel was in port there – something along the lines of a contest was discovered. It seems that a group of sailors on this ship had a contest (with cash prizes) for bedding their female colleagues. That’s right. There was an extra (cash) incentive for bedding or seeping with an officer (female), or a Lesbian or having sex in an unusual place (pool table). The name of the ship is the HMAS Success – no my fellow readers I am not kidding. That is the true name of the vessel. The Success has a crew of 220. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that the allegations are “disturbing.” Hopefully all those involved will feel full and appropriate justice for their “alleged” contest.


July 14, 2009 0