Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Faggot: Inside Marine Corps Boot Camp

Hamilton Nolan · 05/21/13 12:08PM

What is Marine Corps boot camp really like? According to an email that a current recruit sent to a bunch of his friends, it's a lot of being called a "faggot" by your drill instructors. And, if you happen to be brown-skinned, a lot of being called "terrorist." Not to mention "beast mode" workouts.

Watch the Navy's First Official Lesbian Kiss

Max Read · 12/22/11 10:28AM

It's too bad the world is going to end next year, because sometimes it seems like it might actually be kind of okay: this is a video of Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, chosen by raffle to receive the ritual first homecoming kiss, greeting her fiancée Citlalic Snell on the pier—the first same-sex homecoming kiss in Navy history. The couple met in boot camp and kept their relationship secret until the September repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. "It's nice to be able to be myself," says Gaeta. [Virginian-Pilot]

GOP Debate Crowd Boos Gay Soldier

Matt Cherette · 09/22/11 10:29PM

Republican presidential debate audiences, what with their cheering executions and telling the uninsured to just go and die already, sure are great, aren't they? At tonight's Fox News/Google debate in Florida, the crowd stuck with tradition by booing a gay soldier who'd asked about the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal. Come for the booing, stay for Rick Santorum equating being gay to "sex."

Jon Stewart Celebrates the End of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Matt Cherette · 09/20/11 10:43PM

Two months after its repeal was certified by President Obama, today marked the official end of the nearly 18-year-old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy precluding gays from serving openly in the military. On tonight's Daily Show, Jon Stewart celebrated the end of DADT by shaming it for existing in the first place: "That's how ridiculous this policy was... the apology for the affront is, 'All right, sorry, you can go to Afghanistan and fight for your country!'"

Obama Certifies End of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

Jim Newell · 07/22/11 04:13PM

President Obama certified the Pentagon's official notice of readiness to end the ban on gays in the military today. Members of the armed forces can start shouting about their gayness from the highest Afghani hilltops on September 20.

Court Ruling Ends Don't Ask Don't Tell 'Immediately'

Max Read · 07/06/11 06:37PM

The Pentagon says it will "immediately" comply with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that the military must lift its ban on openly gay service members. President Obama repealed the policy last year, though the repeal wasn't immediate. [NJ]

Will the Navy Force Sailors to Get Gay-Married?

Max Read · 05/09/11 09:12PM

The Navy is getting a special reward for shooting Osama Bin Laden: Gay marriage! Navy chaplains will be, officially, allowed to officiate same-sex marriages after Don't Ask Don't Tell ends this summer. The news came in a memo, which also covered the possibility of using base facilities for the events:

Soldiers Could Be Asking And Telling As Soon As This Summer

Seth Abramovitch · 04/07/11 10:26PM

It seems as though Marine Corps Gen. James Amos (pictured, third from left), a onetime outspoken opponent of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal, has had a change of heart. Where only recently he was testifying that letting gay soldiers serve openly would have a "strong potential for disruption at the small unit level," today he told the House Armed Services Committee that "the clear majority of [feedback] is very positive." Which means gay soldiers could serve openly as soon as this June. Ha! Suck on it, House Armed Services Committee.

Did Sarah Palin Just Tweet Her Position on 'Homos'?

Max Read · 01/03/11 10:55PM

Former vice presidential candidate and reality television star Sarah Palin has remained quiet over the recent repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. But she may have just made a statement... by re-Tweeting a conservative lesbian's columnist's Tweet about 'homos.'