Knights Out a West Point support group for LGBT soldiers posted these pictures on their Facebook page of two officers escorting their boyfriends to the military academy’s formal winter dances in upstate New York last weekend called the Yearling Winter Weekend (for sophomores) and another event called Cows (for juniors). This, 16 months after the Pentagon lifted its ban on gays in the military.
The repeal of the ban took effect in September 2011, and since then the Pentagon has been reviewing its policies to determine what military benefits could be opened to same sex partners without violating DOMA (Defence of Marriage Act).
On Tuesday, the military announced it is now officially ready to extend some spousal benefits to same-sex partners of service members.
Gay Star News published a story this week about a feisty grandmother who took on the pastor at her church whose anti LGBT sermon didn’t sit well with her. The grandson who goes by the on-site name BMMiller10 on Reddit said his grandmother changed her conservative views after he came out to her last year. After her pastor singled out another gay teenager in front of an entire congregation, promising to ‘address the problem of homosexuality’, she apologized to the teen and walked out.
She said: ‘There are a lot of problems here, and him being gay is not one of them.’ Since then the grandmother has left the church, apparently to the ire of the anti-LGBT pastor. For the full story here’s the link.
The Walt Disney Company announced on February 1st that George Kalogridis has become Walt Disney World’s first openly gay president in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Kalogridis is Disney World’s fifth president. He was previously president of Disneyland in California since 2009. The 59-year-old Kalogridis has been with the Walt Disney Company since 1971 when he landed a job bussing tables at Disney World. For more information here is an article in South Florida Gay News. In his new position Mr. Kalogridis will be in charge of more than 66,000 employees. He was featured in a 2011 It Gets Better video where he talked about “anyone who has ever been bullied, teased, or harassed for being different.”
Here’s the Disney It Gets Better video