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OutServe Magazine | November 18, 2012

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One of the guns of Battery D, 105th Field Artillery, showing American flag which was hoisted after the last shot had been fired when the armistice took effect. Etraye, France., 11/11/1918 (Photo from

Veterans Day: Embracing Visibility

November 15, 2012 | Neal Simpson | Comments

Since the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, thousands of service members and veterans have been free to gather together openly, celebrating their victories and memorializing the sacrifices of their fallen warrior brothers and sisters.

TSgt. Leonard Matlovich

Remembering Matlovich: “I Am A Homosexual”

November 12, 2012 | OutServeMag | Comments

When his African-American superior asked him what the letter meant, Matlovich replied, “It means Brown v. the Board of Education,” referring to the 1954 United States Supreme Court case that had resulted in the racial integration of public schools.

Denny Meyer

Serving in Silence before DADT

November 11, 2012 | OutServeMag | Comments

Aboard ship, I avoided the usual normal horseplay of young sailors at sea, terrified that I’d be found out. So, inadvertently, I was considered to be the straightest guy around. During a witch hunt, the officers called me in and said, “Meyer, you’re the only one we can be sure of; will you help us find these queers.”


OutServe Magazine’s Election Predictions

November 4, 2012 | Eddy Sweeney | Comments

OutServe Magazine commentator Eddy Sweeney analyzes key ballot initiatives and races that will help determine which party will control both the White House and Congress this coming January and makes his predictions.

"I listened to three very courageous women veterans tell us what it was like to be transgender in and out of uniform."

A Time for Listening

October 31, 2012 | OutServeMag | Comments

I listened to three very courageous women, veterans, tell us what it was like to be transgender in AND out of uniform. I listened more than I have in a long time and the stories were overwhelming. It was too much to take in all at once, but I couldn’t get enough.


The Cross-Dressing Straw Man

October 30, 2012 | Brynn Tannehill | Comments

The military has accepted cross-dressers, drag performers, and genetic women who dress like guys for a long time… in fact, it’s something of a tradition. They aren’t being kicked out for it, don’t have hard time figuring out what uniform to wear, how to wear it, or what personal grooming standards apply. And for people who are permanently transitioning between genders, there are many ways to comply with the standards of care, while maintaining uniform and grooming standards.


Stronger Together: OutServe and SLDN Become One

October 28, 2012 | OutServeMag | Comments

OutServe and SLDN become one: “The combination of these two vibrant and effective organizations will enable the best representation, advocacy and services for LGBT service members, veterans and their families and will continue the momentum built during the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ last year,” according to new OS-SLDN co-chair, Retired Navy Captain April Heinze.


POTUS Debates: Where’s DOMA?

October 22, 2012 | Jeremy Johnson | Comments

Without DOMA’s demise, military same-gender families will continue to bear an extra financial burden and have to jump through hoops to be a part of the larger military family. They will pay out of pocket for moving their family during a PCS. They will continue to be denied access to military healthcare, base facilities, and certain support services available only to military spouses.


Fashion: Trending Hairstyles in Uniform

October 22, 2012 | Joshua Ladner | Comments

When you hit basic and give your life to over becoming a service member, your personal style may rest on the back burner, getting into the same old high and tight and basic bun. While these styles are easy to maintain and quick to achieve, they hardly let your personal style show through.

DSM5 for dummies

Trans is not a Mental Illness

October 22, 2012 | Brynn Tannehill | Comments

If the U.S. government was and is willing to trust Lynn and Amanda with the highest levels of decision making and responsibility for national security, why is it also unwilling to trust a gender dysphoric culinary specialist third class with making sloppy joes?