American Veteran’s Day 2016

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The fact that my brother now has Donald Trump as Commander in Chief is crazy making. I fear for him as I have never feared for him in my life. And he’s a cis gendered heterosexual traditional marriage with family white man. He’s also the man responsible for several LGBTQIA+ events at his base. I am so proud of my brother, and it’s because of the man he is not just the uniform he sports (Airforce).

So imagine how I’m feeling about my fellow sisters, QUILTBAG and POC communities in uniform.

Imagine what it is like to spend today knowing they are currently serving to protect a country who voted for a platform of hate and the hopeful stripping of their human rights and dignity.

Imagine what it’s like to be a currently serving knowing you have sworn the Oath of  Enlistment. (Diplomats too for that matter, shout out!)

But serve most of them will as their predecessors did in far more hateful, dangerous, and fearful circumstances.

As a grand daughter of Army and Navy military veterans, as a cousin and wife to Marines, a lover of a soldier, spiritual counsel to veterans and their families of several countries, as a member of the American Leather culture which takes much of its ritual from the military, and as an involved and concerned citizen of my country, I truly do believe that how we treat those who would defend us is a direct reflection on our country.

I do not support war.

I support the citizens who change their lives when they put on a uniform. I support the citizens who cherish family traditions of service, who believe in fighting injustice, who wanted the GI Bill, and who wanted to help.

I also support the ones who were court ordered to join, for those who escape gangs, escaped abusive situations, their brothers and sisters in arms more family than they ever had.

I support the citizens who become a statistic, who get Dear Johned/Janed, who come home broken, who come home dead, who never come home (MIA/POW).

Here are a few organizations you may or may not know about. If you are looking to directly donate time or resources, or if you require them, these are some wonderful choices.

To those that are currently serving, have served, will serve, or who are supporting them, thank you for your service.

A Gay Veterans Gallery

If you don’t know who TSgt. Leonard Matlovich, USAF was, please take a moment to read.

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American Veterans for Equal Rights

American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) is a non-profit, non-partisan, chapter-based Veterans Service Organization of active, reserve, and veteran service members dedicated to full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, especially the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender current and prior military personnel who have been historically disenfranchised by armed forces policy and discriminatory laws governing military service and benefits.

SPART*A

SPART*A is a group of LGBT people who currently serve or have served in the military and our families as well as veteran and uniformed allies. We are a membership organization, built by, for and with members from all parts of the LGBT military community.

American Military Partner Association

Connecting, supporting, honoring, and serving the partners, spouses, families, and allies of America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) service members and veterans – our “modern military families.

OutServe SLDN

OutServe-SLDN represents the U.S. LGBT military community worldwide. Our mission is to: educate the community, provide legal services, advocate for authentic transgender service, provide developmental opportunities, support members and local chapters, communicate effectively, and work towards equality for all.

If you want to support the people who help craft these groundbreaking and important policies:

Palm Center

The Palm Center is an independent research institute committed to sponsoring state-of-the-art scholarship to enhance the quality of public dialogue about critical and controversial public policy issues. Our research on sexual minorities in the military has been published in leading social scientific journals. The Palm Center seeks to be a resource for university-affiliated as well as independent scholars, students, journalists, opinion leaders, and members of the public.

 

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