The hopes and fears of Pete Buttigieg’s mom

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ABOVE: Anne Montgomery, Pete Buttigieg’s mom. (Photo from Facebook)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) | Several times a week, Anne Montgomery makes her way a few miles from her home to a fifth-floor office in downtown South Bend that teems with young adults working to elect her son president. She reads letters that bring back anxieties about being the mother of Pete Buttigieg, the first gay man to become a leading presidential candidate.

The ones that touch her most are testimonials of people who have come out as gay, or from their parents, praising Pete.

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Transgender troops to attend State of the Union as Trump pursues ban

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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As the Trump administration pursues a transgender military ban, at least four lawmakers have invited transgender people with records of military service to attend to President Trump’s State of the Union address in the House chamber in protest over his policy.

Although courts had initially blocked the Defense Department from implanting Trump’s reversal, the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month issued stays on those decisions, essentially green lighting the ban. (One injunction issued by a federal court against Trump’s policy remains in place for the time being, but the Justice Department is challenging that order.)

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Gay Army chaplain struggles to save husband from deportation

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: U.S. Army Capt. Tim Brown, on right, is fighting the deportation of his husband, Sergio Avila-Rodriguez. Photo courtesy the couple.

U.S. Army Capt. Tim Brown, who was awarded two Bronze Star Medals for two tours of duty in Afghanistan, currently serves as an Army chaplain at the Fort Bragg Army base in North Carolina.

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Fear, secrecy and danger a way of life For Afghan gays

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — To be homosexual in Afghanistan is to live in fear. Naveed and Rameen, young gay men in the capital Kabul have lost count of the number of times they’ve been lured into dangerous situations on what they believed to be dates.

Both men describe being robbed, beaten up and blackmailed, and receiving death threats. They’ve even eluded police “honey traps” that could have seen them thrown in prison without charge, simply on suspicion of being gay.

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Ex-Navy SEAL alleges anti-gay bullying by CIA workers

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SAN DIEGO, California — A former Navy SEAL has filed an internal complaint alleging the CIA bullied him for being gay during a work assignment in June in Afghanistan.

Brett Jones said he filed the complaint last week against the federal agency, saying he was forced to endure homophobic slurs and other inappropriate comments in Afghanistan as a group of contractors and civil servants in the CIA’s Global Response Staff watched news of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.

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Screened Out – Lone Survivor

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Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster

“You don’t support the American troops!” For a while mostly while George W. Bush was in office  some people inserted this straw man argument into any debate that questioned U.S. foreign policy. Of course, this platitude ignores that saving troops’ lives could easily come from challenging our government’s policies.

Lone Survivor is a true story about some brave, resourceful Navy SEALS at the mercy of our two wars in the Middle East. Though brilliantly acted and adeptly paced, it’s also a film that refuses to take a stand. This means some people (me, for example) could leave this flick still frustrated by the machinations that put these men’s lives at risk. Other audiences could watch it and basically say, “Boo-rah! America is awesome!”

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