[OutVoice] Celebratory "Taps" for "Don't Ask Don't Tell"+more LGBT news

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Tue Sep 27 15:43:59 EDT 2011


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(hosted this week by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle)
Celebratory "Taps" for "Don't Ask Don't Tell";
A U.S. federal judge takes the wraps off the Proposition 8 trial videos
while a judge in Alaska rules for same gender couple property tax
equity, a marriage equality proposal in the U.K. comes with a long
engagement but a resolution of support pushes the issue in Australia,
Emmy-winner Jane Lynch updates some "Mad Men", and more LGBT news
- In "NewsWrap": "Countdown" celebrations in LGBT venues across the country culminating at the stroke of midnight on September 20th cheer the official repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell", the 18-year-old U.S. military policy that kept lesbian and gay service members in the closet... YouTube video of a private stationed at an Air Force base in Germany coming out to his father in Alabama on the day of repeal gets more than two million views [excerpts of the virally-sensational PRIVATE FIRST CLASS RANDY PHILLIPS]... but the Obama administration fights an effort to get equal separation pay for gays and lesbians honorably discharged under "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and another lawsuit to formally declare the policy unconstitutional... a federal judge allows the release of video recordings of last year's landmark Proposition 8 trial, while a state judge in Alaska rules that lesbian and gay couples are entitled to the same senior citizen and disabled veteran property tax exemptions as the state's heterosexual couples... government officials in the U.K. say they're planning initial discussions on full civil marriage equality legislation in March 2012 with an enactment goal of 2015, while Tasmania's lower house of parliament passes a resolution urging the Australian federal government to open civil marriage to same-gender couples... "out" Emmy winner and host of this year's telecast JANE LYNCH slyly discusses recent social progress and the battles yet to be won with the cast of the 1960s era-set "Mad Men" [with an audio clip]... and more LGBT news (written by GREG GORDON, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by ROBERT LEBLANC and RICK WATTS).
- The biggest news story in the U.S. on September 20th was the official end of “DON’T ASK DON’T TELL” after almost 18 years on the books.  More than 14,000 lesbian and gay service members were fired under the policy that required them to stay in the closet. Many never “told” anyone but were nevertheless discharged when others did. With some of the gay and lesbian military activists who fought for its repeal, Amy Goodman reviewed some of the history of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” on Pacifica Radio’s “Democracy Now”; the highest-rated news commentator on the MSNBC cable network spent almost half of her hour-long “Rachel Maddow Show” celebrating the demise of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”... and our Steve Pride was at a repeal celebration hosted by the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center [featuring the voices of ARMY LIEUTENANT DAN CHOI, Servicemembers United Founder and Executive Director ALEXANDER NICHOLSON, NAVY COMMANDER ZOE DUNNING, AIR FORCE FIRST LIEUTENANT JOSH SEEFRIED, Board Member TOM CARPENTER of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, and other active duty and veteran U.S. lesbian, gay, and bisexual military personnel).
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