Judge finds probable cause in gay murder case

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Above: (Vongell Lugo was stabbed to death on Jan. 6.)

A D.C. Superior Court judge on April 26 ruled that prosecutors have presented sufficient evidence to establish probable cause that a 26-year-old U.S. Navy hospital corpsman fatally stabbed gay retail and language services manager Vongell Lugo inside Lugo’s D.C. apartment on Jan. 6.

Judge Juliet McKenna issued her ruling during a preliminary hearing in which a D.C. police homicide detective testified that Navy Corpsman 3rd Class Collin J. Potter allegedly stabbed Lugo as many as 47 times in the upper body and genital area shortly after Lugo invited him into his apartment at 2844 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. near the Washington National Cathedral.

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Transgender military personnel in limbo over Trump plan

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NEW YORK (AP) | Long term, lawyers and activists battling to ensure that transgender people can serve openly in the U.S. military are convinced they will prevail. Short term, they are braced for anguishing consequences if the Trump administration proceeds with its plan to sharply restrict such service.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote Jan. 22, gave the administration the green light to put the policy into effect even as legal challenges continue.

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LGBT veterans honored at D.C. wreath laying ceremony

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Close to 100 people assembled in D.C.’s Congressional Cemetery on Sunday to pay tribute to LGBT veterans. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Close to 100 people, including LGBT veterans and active duty LGBT service members, assembled at the gravesite of gay Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich in D.C.’s Congressional Cemetery on Sunday to pay tribute to LGBT veterans.

The Veterans Day event, organized by the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, included remarks by Major General Tammy Smith of the U.S. Army Reserves, who disclosed her status as a lesbian in 2012 shortly after the repeal of the military’s ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy.

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Ex-Navy doctor promises free surgery for trans military patients

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Dr. Christine McGinn, an ex-Navy surgeon, has vowed to offer free gender-confirmation surgery for transgender military patients.

McGinn told CNN’s Michael Smerconish that she will still perform operations for patients already on her list despite President Donald Trump announcing a ban on transgender people in the military.

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Pentagon celebrates Pride with LGBT service members

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The U.S. military has entered a new era under the Trump administration as many wonder if the LGBT progress after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal will remain in place, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the annual reception at the Pentagon recognizing Pride.

The event — coordinated by DOD Pride, the Pentagon affinity group for LGBT service members and civilians — took place on Monday as it has each year after repeal of the military’s gay ban, and now after the rule change allowing transgender people to serve in the armed forces.

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Sailor who stabbed transgender woman 119 times appears in court

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) – A Navy seaman in training accused of stabbing a transgender woman to death appeared before a Jackson County judge Sept. 12 for a preliminary hearing.

Sheriff’s Deputy Leo Allen revealed details about what investigators found in a St. Martin hotel room on July 23. Autopsy results show 25-year-old Dee Whigham was stabbed 119 times, he said. Allen said many of the wounds were to Whigham’s face, and her throat was slashed three times.

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Navy officially announces ship named after Harvey Milk

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Navy is naming a ship in honor of the late gay rights leader Harvey Milk, who served in the Navy for four years before he began a career in San Francisco city government.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said Aug. 16 that Milk displayed tremendous courage fighting for the rights of the LGBT community. The ship is one of a new fleet of replenishment oilers that will be built in San Diego.

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Navy seaman arrested in transgender stabbing murder

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Pascagoula, Miss. (AP) – A Navy seaman in training has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the weekend stabbing death of a transgender woman.

The Sun-Herald reports that the suspect is Dwanya Hickerson, 20, of New Orleans.

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Transgender soldiers share their stories, hopes for the future

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Annapolis, Md. (AP) – Alexandra Marberry, 23, is one of at least 17 Naval Academy graduates who have come out as transgender, but she may be one of the first to serve her entire career openly.

Over a year ago, her position as a naval officer and her identity as a trans woman could not co-exist.

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Tennessee TV station won’t run ad promoting gay marriage

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Chattanooga television station won’t run an advertisement in support of gay marriage.

The ad features Jesse Ehrenfeld, a Nashville doctor and Navy reservist who recently returned from Afghanistan. In the ad, Ehrenfeld says, “I was able to stand up and put my life on the line for the freedoms that we all enjoy, and yet I don’t have the freedom to marry my partner Judd.”

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Chilean sailor makes history, publicly announces he is gay

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SANTIAGO, Chile – A sailor with Chile’s navy on Aug. 27 announced he is gay, an unprecedented public declaration in this socially conservative South American nation.

Chile has traditionally been a tough place for gays, although the country decriminalized gay sex in 1999 and attitudes toward gays are evolving. The killing of a gay man in Chile 2012 set off a national debate that prompted Congress to pass a hate crimes law.

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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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