LGBQ* Military Pride* Appreciation Photo Series
Various photos from the last two years of serving and retired American military soldiers
LGBQ* News and Photographs You Might Have Missed
First Time Active Duty Soldiers March in a Pride Parade
in Full Uniform with Government’s Approval
Kannon Cole, 7, watches his mother Marine Sgt. Bris Holland carry the flag at the beginning of San Diego’s annual LGBT Pride parade. Holding his hand is her partner, Jaxs Jacquez.
(Photograph by: Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times / July 21, 2012)
I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did. ~Benjamin Harrison
Memorial Day/Vintage Soldiers Appreciation Post
Memorial Day is a federal holiday celebrated on the last Monday in May. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the war. The South had a remembrance day (also in May) but the day was not celebrated jointly until the beginning of the 20th century. Formally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day has become a day to remember all those who have served and fallen during a time of war.
This Memorial Day, take pause to remember all those who have joined, been drafted, and volunteered for the armed forces. No matter where you stand on the war, military placement in society and government, please take a moment to reflect on those who have served.
LGBTQ* Quick Queer History
Homosexuality in the American Military FYI Moment
(Note: Since so many politicians are throwing around Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and (INCORRECT) phrases about how homosexuality has been banned from the ranks since the beginning of the USA’s military forces, here’s a bit of information to explain its true history. —Rebecca)
Prior to WORLD WAR II there was no formal method/practice of excluding homosexuals from the armed forces in the United States of America. Acts of sodomy were punishable as a criminal act and soldiers could face court-martial or expulsion from the service.
During WWII, the American Selective Service System began to hire and rely on psychiatrists more heavily during routine recruitment screenings. It was during this time that “homosexuality” was noted as unfit for duty and service within the armed forces. During initial screenings, psychiatrists would ask male recruits if “they liked girls” and questions about their last relationships all the while watching for “effeminate looks or behavior.” Psychiatrists would also drop “code phrases” and “gay slang” and document if the soldier reacted or knew the meaning/understood the phrase.
When need for troops in WWII grew to a desperate level, the government told psychiatrists to let everyone through. The government would go on to say that the entire screening process was ineffective and very costly to the military budget. It is believed that for every ONE person banned from joining the service, ten gay men would enter following evaluations.
Following WWII, men who were discharged where given a Blue Slip/Blue Discharge, named because of the paper color they were printed on. These Blue Slips DISHONORABLY discharged men and were a permanent marker of homosexual charges. The names of these men were supplied to employers by the military, making it nearly impossible for some to find work after being released.
This policy remained in effect until Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
for more information read: Conduct Unbecoming by Randy Shilts or A Queer History of the United States
LGBTQ* Political Cartoons
“Aim High! — All Soldiers”
The Few - The Proud -