American Veterans for Equal Rights to launch San Diego chapter

SAN DIEGO, California -- The American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) will host an open house and luncheon at 1 pm on Sunday, March 29 to kick off the start up of its new chapter in San Diego.

The luncheon, themed “Share the Pride,” is open to all LGBT armed forces veterans and service members, and will be held at T Lounge (formerly Bamboo Lounge), located at 1475 University Ave. in Hillcrest.

OutServe-SLDN and San Diego Pride partner for military leadership conference

SAN DIEGO, California -- OutServe-SLDN and San Diego Pride have partnered together for Outserve-SLDN’s fourth annual leadership conference that will be held in San Diego from March 26-28.

“We are delighted to partner with San Diego Pride” said Matt Thorn, interim executive director. “This partnership will help to continue our annual conference as a global fo­rum on creating an environment of respect in the military with regards to sexual orientation and gender identity. We couldn’t ask for a more collaborative partner in our host city.

OutServe-SLDN's annual Leadership Conference to be held in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, California -- OutServe-SLDN will host the fourth annual Hall of Heroes Leadership Conference March 25-29 in San Diego.

Registration is now open. Actively serving and retired servicemembers, advocates and experts are encouraged to attend the event for a three-day discussion on issues, concerns and future planning for the LGBT military community.

This year's conference features workshops and presentations by several OutServe and SLDN leaders and supporters, whose efforts have fundamentally changed experiences for LGBT military personnel.

Loophole could allow transgender troops to serve

WASHINGTON DC — A change to a Pentagon personnel policy three months ago loosens the rules barring transgender troops from serving in the U.S. military, giving the individual services leeway to retain these personnel.

Legal and military experts with the Palm Center, a San Francisco-based think tank focused on LGBT military service, made that startling charge in a new report.

SATURDAY: The Center to host benefits workshop for veterans

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego LGBT Community Center and the County of San Diego Veterans Services Office will host the LGBT Veterans Benefits Seminar on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 11 am to 1 pm at The Center.

Participants will learn more about the many services, benefits, and programs available to them through the County and other veterans organizations including REBOOT, American Military Partners Association, The Gay, Lesbian and Supporting Sailors (GLASS), and the Military Freedom Coalition.

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Defense Secretary willing to review policy on transgender troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel believes that the Pentagon needs to review its ban on open service for transgender troops.

Appearing Sunday on ABC’s "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Hagel indicated that he was willing to look into the issue, which has heated up since the Pentagon axed the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that prevented gay and lesbian troops from serving openly.

"Gays In The Military" book documents DADT impact and repeal

Documentary photographer Vincent Cianni offers a stark and stunning look at gay and lesbian service members in his forthcoming book, Gays in the Military.

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Palm Center report faults military's transgender ban

A commission co-chaired by a former U.S. Surgeon General released a report today concluding that the Pentagon's ban on transgender military service is not based on sound medical reasoning, according to the Associated Press.

Bill offers hope to troops discharged for being gay

Two Democratic Senators have introduced a bill that would update the service records of LGBT servicemembers who were discharged because of their sexual orientation.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) sponsored the bill that is similar to the one introduced in the House in June by Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Charles Rangel (D-NY).

Meet the new honorees selected for Veterans Wall of Honor at The Center

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego LGBT Community Center will host the 2013 Benjamin F. Dillingham and Bridget Wilson Veterans Wall of Honor induction ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 pm.

The ceremony will honor 16 veterans who have been selected to be added to the wall, which was first unveiled in 2011. This year's honorees include:

Joseph Christopher Rocha, USN

April F. Heinze, USN

Stewart Bornhoft, USA

Kathleen A. Hansen, USN

Morgan M. Hurley, USN