2013 in Review: A Landmark Year for Gay Rights

2013 in Review: A Landmark Year for Gay Rights

A Landmark Year for Gay Rights: Edie Windsor, Robbie Rogers, and Jason Collins helped make 2013 a historic year for gay rights.

2013 in Review: A Landmark Year for Gay Rights

A Stunning Measure of Clenching Courage: Full Release

A Stunning Measure of Clenching Courage: Full Release

Full Release is an amazingly inspiring two-minute short film, a collaborative production by Jordan Satmary and Brandon Yoon at Concord Films. The film presents a stunning documentary of an act of rare bravery, perhaps once best described by Mohandas Gandhi: “Courage is not measured by how tall a man pretends to stand, but by how hard he clenches his butt cheeks.

A Stunning Measure of Clenching Courage: Full Release

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President Obama Signs Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: “Out of Many, We Are One”

President Obama Signs Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: “Out of Many, We Are One”

With his signature today, President Obama put in motion the end of the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which has hurt our military as a whole, has forced thousands of those who serve to do so under a cloud of anxiety and isolation, and has stood as a symbol of the barriers to unity and equality in our country.  As the President put it, “For we are not a nation that says, ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’  We are a nation that says, ‘Out of many, we are one.'”

During the signing ceremony in a packed auditorium at the Interior Department, President Obama said, “No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie or look over their shoulder.”  Quoting the Chairman of his Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, Pres. Obama went on to declare, “Our people sacrifice a lot for their country, including their lives.  None of them should have to sacrifice their integrity as well.”

President Obama Signs Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

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Senate Strikes Down “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

Photography by: Jeff Sheng, Los Angeles

Senate Strikes Down “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

In a major victory for gay rights advocates as well as President Obama, the Senate on Saturday repealed the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military.  The repeal of DADT closed a 17-year struggle over a policy that forced thousands of Americans to leave the ranks of the military and caused others to keep secret their sexual orientation.

By a vote of 65 to 31, the Senate approved and sent to President Obama a repeal of the Clinton-era law, known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a policy that critics said amounted to government-sanctioned discrimination, which treated gay and lesbian troops as second-class citizens.  The President is expected to sign the measure into law next week, delivering Pres. Obama a victory on one of his chief campaign promises.

Breaking News: Senate Repeals Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

Democrats and Activists Speak After “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal

Bright Eyes: First Day of My Life

Slide Show: DADT/We Have To Give Them Hope

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DADT: We Have To Give Them Hope

DADT: We Have To Give Them Hope

Photography by:  Jeff Sheng, Los Angeles

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a deeply touching series of portraits by Jeff Sheng, photographs of gay men and lesbians serving in the military, all of them in uniform and with their faces obscured in some way, by a hand, a door frame or by darkness.  The portraits are pervaded by a sense of lonely sadness and isolation.

Mr. Sheng has described his subjects, identified only by first names that are pseudonyms, as people who “didn’t want to risk their careers, but who wanted to take some kind of stand.”  Earnest and passionate about his work, Mr. Sheng said he struggles to avoid being heavy-handed as an artist.  “I merge a fight for social equality with photography, but I’m always trying to figure out how to do it intelligently,” he said.

Bright Eyes: First Day of My Life

Slide Show: DADT/We Have To Give Them Hope

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Obama’s Amazing GOP Question Time: An Astonishing Smackdown!!

President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union Address

President Obama gave his State of the Union Address on January 27, 2010.  Among the many issues that he addressed, Obama spoke about restoring security for middle-class families after a lost decade of declining wages, eroding retirement security and escalating health care and tuition costs.  President Obama also committed himself to repealing the military’s  “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.

President Obama’s 2010 State of the Union Address

Obama’s Amazing GOP Question Time: An Astonishing Smackdown!!

President Obama and Congressional Republicans sparred over a range of policy disagreements Friday in a lively Q&A session that highlighted the void between the parties.   A robust debate on policies and politics with the opposition party is a rarity in the scripted world of American politics., but accepting the invitation to speak at the House GOP retreat may have turned out to be the smartest decision the White House has made in many months.  The Republicans learned the hard way that debating a former University of Chicago law professor is pretty darn foolish! Many of the Republicans asked excellent and probing questions, but they sat in astonishment watching their arguments simply be demolished by the President.  It was an amazing Obama slam dunk, another slam dunk, and yet another slam dunk!

Obama’s Amazing GOP Question Time (Full Version)

Obama, GOP Confront Political Gridlock in Rare Q&A (Excerpts)


We Are the Ones: Music Video by will.i.am

The full version of President Obama’s lively Q&A session with the  GOP can be watched in HQ video here.

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Photo of the Day: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Jess, Bend, Oregon, 2009

Photography by:  Jeff Sheng, Los Angeles

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Jess, Bend, Oregon, 2009 is a photograph by the award-winning Los Angeles photographer Jeff Sheng.  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is his new photography project, which consists of a series of photographs of closeted men and women in the United States military. The photographs represent Sheng’s interest in the intersections between public and private spaces, and the government’s ever-intrusive policing of our most private spaces.

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