Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva (Ret.) was the first American wounded in the war in Iraq when, on March 21, 2003, while traveling to Basra, he stepped on a land mine. In 2006, Sgt. Alva began working with the Human Rights Campaign, the “largest” LGBT Rights organization, to speak out against the military’s now (but likely temporarily) halted “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy (DADT). He now tours nationally for the organization and continues to lecture about DADT.
Although the Libertarian party has often pressed Congress on the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, a recent internal email from one of the party’s Board Members, Norm Olsen of Region 4, argues against the repeal, stating that, “The heterosexual soldier has a right to be free from unwanted sexual advances.”
Salt Lake Celebrates LGBT Pride – There were brightly colored floats, rainbow banners, marching and dancing men and women in brightly colored attire. This year the Utah Pride Center, organizer of the celebration, also held a political rally in conjunction with the festival. Grand marshal was LGBT activist Clive Jones – who incidentally thanked The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for supporting Proposition 8. Clive said, “We thank you for unifying us as never before. We thank you for teaching our young people that they must be prepared to fight for freedom.” It is easy to feel like part of the fun – just go to the article and click the “play multimedia” link on the red and white striped face!! Happy LGBT Pride month everybody!!
D.C. Pride Fest Honors Franklin Kameny – Franklin Kameny is known as one of the original LGBT activists, and this year he was honored as a part of the Pride Fest in D.C. Kameny was part of the first Gay Rights picket in front of the White House in October 1965 – and although he has been involved in many parts of the LGBT rights movement – he prefers to be remembered for coming up with the slogan “Gay is Good” in 1968. The slogan is really very important to him. Mr Kameny said, “The phrase encapsulates the whole underlying driving force and rationale for everything that I’ve been involved in.”