Transgender personnel in the United States military Prior to , lesbian and gay people were not permitted to serve in the US military. Under the " Don't ask, don't tell " DADT policy enacted that year, they were permitted to do so only if they did not disclose their sexual orientation. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of permitted homosexual men and women to serve openly in the armed forces following once designated government officials certified that the military was prepared for the repeal. On October 24, , 10 soldiers in the U. Army became the first to openly petition for a sex change since the ban on service by transgender individuals was lifted. In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect.
Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. It is the first documented gay rights organization. The Society focuses on social acceptance and other support for homosexuals. April - The American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual lists homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disturbance. April 27, - President Dwight D.
Learn how and when to remove this template message In the late s, the more socialistic "liberation" philosophy that had started to create different factions within the Civil Rights Movement , Black Power movement , anti-war movement , and Feminist movement , also engulfed the homophile movement. A new generation of young gay and lesbian Americans saw their struggle within a broader movement to dismantle racism, sexism, western imperialism, and traditional mores regarding drugs and sexuality. This new perspective on Gay Liberation had a major turning point with the Stonewall riots in This type of raid, which was often conducted during city elections, witnessed a new development as some of the patrons in the bar began actively resisting the police arrests.
The Gay Rights Controversy The issue: Does the Constitution protect homosexual conduct? What limitations does the Constitution place on ability of states to treat people differently because of their sexual orientation?