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GLBT Color Guard first gay group allowed to march in Veterans Day Parade

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The GLBT Community Color Guard, made up of gay and lesbian veterans, has sought permission to march in the annual Veterans Day parade before, but the answer's always been no -- until this year. With the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, an invitation to take part in tomorrow's event in downtown Denver was finally granted. Says color guard leader and thirteen-year military vet Luiza Fritz, "This is a big deal."

Color guard organizer John Kelly, an eight-year Air Force veteran, "has worked diligently to get us into the parade," Fritz notes. "He's tried it before, but they haven't allowed anything gay in the parade until this year. So we're the first gay group to march post-repeal."

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Luiza Fritz.
This isn't the only potential breakthrough for Fritz, who was kicked out of the service in 2008 for the crime of "attempted marriage;" she and her significant other, Sarah, had entered into a domestic partnership prior to her deploying in Iraq. When we spoke to her in September, she told us she was considering legal action to get back into the military -- but now, it looks like that might not be necessary.

"I just went to the recruiters office on Tuesday," she says -- a trip made possible because of a brief, three-day layoff from her gig as a union electrician (she's already back on the job). "I took all eight inches of my files, everything I had, and the recruiter sat down and went through it. And at least right now, it looks like it's going to work."

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Luiza and Sarah.
Granted, she may have to make some adjustments. Fritz was hoping to rejoin active duty, but with the various service branches downsizing, there were no openings for someone at her rank: She left the National Guard as an E7 platoon sergeant. "But the recruiter suggested I join Army reserve in Denver. They have two E7 positions open, and if I go reserve, it'll make the transition to active duty easier -- plus, I'd get to keep my rank. I'd get back everything I lost."

Page down to continue reading -- and to see a photo of the color guard.



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fudgepackersunited
fudgepackersunited

When will queers have a hiv/aids day parade?  Half of all new cases each year are from gay/bisexual men!!  And these bisexual men are probably giving it to unknowing straight women and maybe even animals!!  Congrats queers!!!  YOU OWN THIS DISEASE!!!!!

Obama2013
Obama2013

I'll make sure my family is somewhere else.  Stupid fags have to smear veterans day with their agenda.  I don't feel like explaining to my kids why these freaks of nature want to be center of attention of everything these days.  Bad news.....the majority of america view homosexuality as a sin, we do not have to accept you, we do not think you are an equal, just like rapists and pedeophiles and molestors.  Makes me sick with these woman and men that go back and forth from straight to gay to get their rocks off. 

Cmacalynn
Cmacalynn

in the last days they shall call what is wrong right....what is right wrong....something seems really evident that it is happening all over the world...america is accepting what is wrongand turning away what is correct...Jesus loves the sinner but not the sin...hey guys/galsyou can say its right all you want  but that will never make it right...the bible says thatthere is a way that seemeth right to a man but in the end is death...homesexuality willNEVER EVER be correct..gosh if your confused about your gender just check yourequipement and that will tell you what you are...if you hate men so much...why do you try to be one??? hope you repent...you can not pick and choose what you want to believe out of the bible...that is what this conuntry was found on...God-Jesus-Holy Spirit are real and alivetheir is Grace for you; but you gotta accept it...

Usdacutbeef
Usdacutbeef

Go and leave this great country.   Taking your family away to a better place?   Gays smear Veterans Day?    Are you a Veteran?  I'm a Veteran that is gay, tall, with dark hair, etc.   For your information, African Americans had to fight for equal rights in our society and military.   Women had to fight for their right to serve in combat roles and combat units.    African American Veterans and Women have their agenda and march as individual groups during Veteran's Day Parades.    Ethic and/or minority groups, such as Japanese American Veterans, Polish American Veterans, Alaska Native and Native American Veterans march with their own agenda.   Like the gay Veteran groups the agenda is clear and simple.  It's to educate you and future generations, so that we learn from our mistakes and we learn to embrace diversity, respect individual rights and most importantly - we march as gay Veterans as a testament that FREEDOM isn't free, but worth our lives to defend and protect.  

Don't "explain" to your kids about gays and don't feel like you "have to explain anything."   However, a good education is the best thing you can give your child along with teaching them love and not hate.   

I think you pay too much attention to gay people if you feel that we are the center of attention or that we are trying to be the center "these days."    You say the majority of America views homosexuality as a sin?

You compare gays to people with mental illnessess and rapists?   You are comments are prejudice.  You have negative and bad things to say about what people do privately and as constenting adults.   You are WRONG.....you  must and you will recognize our rights.   It is the law and it has be declared by the President, our Commander in Chief of our Militrary Forces.   Gays have the right to serve in the military, openly and without fear of being kicked out.   No one in the military or U.S. Federal Goverment can discriminate or say the stupid comparisons like you did.  

You don't like it?  Don't be gay.   Why do you care so much about the sexual preference of others?    We are, "One Nation Under God With Liberty and Justice For ALL."       Yes, even you.   

This is VETERANS DAY......it's not the, "Majority of America" day.     

I Know the Truth
I Know the Truth

Ya know what I love? Facts. Based off data and polling. Done in this century:

http://news.yahoo.com/homosexu...

So, the basic tenet of your argument, that a majority of America view homosexuality as a sin, or wrong, is crumbling. Especially telling is what we all know to be true, which is the younger generation is more accepting of gay people. The old way of bigotry is, quite literally, dying off.

And to clarify, your perception that gays are pedophiles is something out of the 1970's, where 70% of Americans thought gays were pedos. (They also classified homosexuality as a mental illness, which they don't anymore.) The polling from 1999 showed only 19% shared that belief, so people realized gay does not mean pedo. The research from the past decade shows that a majority of pedophiles are straight, white men:http://www.sabes.org/resources...

But if you don't like homosexuality, don't be gay.And yes, we have an agenda; equal rights. Sorry if you have a problem with that. On second thought, no, I'm not sorry about that. Not whatsoever.And those LGBT veterans were no different than any other group of men and women in uniform marching in that parade. They were just there.You don't have to accept gays, but those veterans and active duty personnel will still be serving to preserve this representative democracy. If you want to attack veterans, go ahead; see how far that will get you.

And that's all the energy I'm gonna spend on ya. We won't be bothered by your trolling.

Fabio
Fabio

Cmacalyn,It seems as your group of gay haters always tend to pick portions of the Bible that only serves your agenda, while totally ignoring other portions, for example;I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev. 15:19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense,I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

You should be embarcing everyone in them military who have sacrificed their lives for your pitifull one, not condoning them.

LGBT Supporter
LGBT Supporter

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!

Our generation doesn't care about gays. We just shrug and say, "Oh, you're gay? That's cool." And continue on.

You will lose this battle, because the river of time always flows towards equality.

We'll laugh at your antiquated ideas in 30 years while you become ash-to-ash, dust-to-dust.

"Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta."

Dwk123
Dwk123

Cmacalyn,Even Satan can quote the bible, so If only God can serve as your final judge why are you so hateful...clearly if you hate the practice of homosexuality so much...maybe YOU are one.  Seriously, self-loathing is a big part of Christian homophobia all because they can't accept their shadow side male or female selves, ask Ted Haggard.  The truth is, we do not have to accept your theology or your death filled perspective on reality.  The GLBT community has been defending America and freedom since the founding folks separated church and state.  Your history is as warped as your theology.  Why not drop to your knees and thank this family for wearing the uniform on Veterans Day?  These are tough enough times without giving aid and comfort to those who can't accept living in a tolerant free society so let's celebrate ALL our veterans and lighten up.  There is just no room in Denver for any kind of a the focus on the family that isn't totally inclusive.  When I retired in 2008 after twenty-three years I thought I'd never see such a great day for freedom for folks in uniform to just be themselves.  Tea-vangelicals really are to be pitied because there is just something radically wrong with people who throw the first stone, time after time, at brave people who are just not exactly like them.  The author of the previous email has no idea how terrifying life has been for many GLBT soldiers, sailors and airmen.  As a chaplain I distinctly remember counseling one fear ridden airwoman who as a lesbian was experiencing an outing by a crazed base chaplain and her cronies at Buckley Air Force Base.  I'm just very glad to know that sociopathic primitive fears no longer hold sway in the military.  Really only one final question for Cmacalyn, how do you know these folks haven't already experienced grace freely?  How could you be so hateful and know Je-sus-a is real and alive?  Hunter S. Thompson's books might be a good antidote for your jaded Bible-olotry... he went after evil and left the footsoldiers alone.

David Warren KnightFormer Air Force Chaplain, Major Ret.   

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Strong post, Truth -- one we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

Obama
Obama

Why does it have to be known your gay to serve in the military?  Why does it have to be known your gay to celebrate veterans day?  No one cares except gays.  There are every color and sex serving in the military.  That would would be like a color gaurd wanting it to be known that they are a "hetero"  color gaurd, thats how stupid it is.  No bodys cares if your sticking your penis in a fudge hole!  It makes many people sick to their stomachs and sad to be an American.  Whats next?  Pedophile color gaurd?

What do you base your evidence that most christian americans view queers ok?  A poll among people that care to read about the queer movement?  Most people opposed will never bother to read or respond which is a big problem.  How about when queer marriage was overturned in california in which the biggest population of queers call home?  Just a mistake?  And many queers leave the smaller towns and migrate to the large cities so they can find others that participate in this deviant behavior, thus making it look like half of america is queer.  I was open minded about everything until i was molested from a gay man when i was 14.  Yea a straight gay man thats a pedeophile, what a shock. 

Susan
Susan

same generation that is lazy and won't work and think your entitled to everything while sitting on your ass, yea go gangsta wannabe

Obama2013
Obama2013

A gay chaplan in the military?  Talk about a wolf in sheeps clothing.  I know every man is a sinner but i would like to take my spiritual advice from someone other then you.

Miguel
Miguel

You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. Sounds like you're a nice guy, too.

If you're interested in assisting with the formation of the LGBT Color Guard, please contact jjkellyii @aol:twitter .com. Anytime a supporter speaks up for equal rights, we ask them to consider joining our ranks. 

Thank you for your support!

Dwk123
Dwk123

You selected a very fine post that makes the point perfectly...dwk

Usdacutbeef
Usdacutbeef

I'm sorry you were molested.  This must have been a horrible experience and it appears it's still very traumatic in your present life.   Please seek professional help and educate yourself about the facts of the sickness of pedofiles.    You have a lot of hatred towards gays and that is very internal pain.    You have always been served, treated, protected, nursed, taught, coached, supervised, evaluated, loved, accepted and forgiven by people that were gay - you just didn't know.   Your negative comments towards gays are ignorant and sad.   Your opinion is clearly not supported by the laws of the United States.   As of today, gays can serve openly and have the same rights as all law abiding American citizens.    For your information, a pedeophile is not sexually oriented. 

Again, I'm sorry you were abused by someone mentally ill.   California may have temporarily overturned gay marriage, but other states, cities and countries continue to give equal rights to gays......rights to serve openly without fear of being kicked out of the military.  The right to work without fear of losing your job.  The right to live just as you do, without fear or prejudice.  The rights outlined in the Constitution of the United States.   The right to die with honor serving our country.   

You ask why does it have to be known that we are gay serving in the military?  Good question.   Because the President of the United States made it known and he is the Commander in Chief of all the Armed Forces (a title you man not be aware of if you're a non-veteran).   The Commander in Chief addressed the Union so that you and everyone is aware of the law and the facts.   Don't ask gay people why they need to be recognized that they serve in the military.  Ask the Supreme Court and the Congress of the United, as our judicial system why it needs to be known that gays can no serve openly.  Ask why our great leaders recognize sexual orientation as a personal freedom to be protected by laws!

Here are some facts that may help you understand Child Sexual Abuse:Who are the perpetrators of child sexual abuse?Most children are abused by someone they know and trust.An estimated 60% of perpetrators of sexual abuse are known to the child but are not family members, e.g., family friends, babysitters, childcare providers, neighbors.About 30% of perpetrators are family members, e.g., fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins.Just 10% of perpetrators are strangers to the child.In most cases, the perpetrator is male regardless of whether the victim is a boy or girl. Heterosexual and gay men are equally likely to sexually abuse children. A perception that most perpetrators are gay men is a myth and harmful stereotype.Some perpetrators are female -- It is estimated that women are the abusers in about 14% of cases reported among boys and 6% of cases reported among girls.Child pornographers and other abusers who are strangers may make contact with children via the Internet.Not all perpetrators are adults - an estimated 23% of reported cases of child sexual abuse are perpetrated by individuals under the age of 18.

Most mental health and child protection professionals agree that child sexual abuse is not uncommon and is a serious problem in the United States.

You may never have compassion, respect, acceptance or understanding for the sexual orientation of others.   But, you will respect the laws of this great nation and you will not be able to discriminate gays so easily any longer.   You will respect laws that protect us all from hate crimes.  

Abuse of any kind, is unacceptable.   Discrimination of any kind, is unacceptable.  

Gays and Lesbians will receive an honorable discharge from the military this year......honorable discharges for the first time............HONORABLE.       

Hate is not a family value.   

Dwk123
Dwk123

Wow, what an assumption, my wife would be surprized... here's a flash for you, the bill of rights allows for diversity.  Obama2013 when it comes to civil rights it might surprize you but some whites supported civil rights for all people in the 1960s and some heterosexuals support rights for the glbt community. Conscience calls some of us to do the right thing in the midst of hostile conditions.  The times are changing and in fact with the repeal of dadt they have indeed changed. My church affirms the equality of all people and species,  I'm no wolf covering anything up the only coverup is the hostility bordering on illegality on the part of Chaplains who hide behind their religion to practice homophobia while on the government dole.  I truly do hope you can work out your self loathing view of yourself as a wicked sinner and embrace tolerance as a lifestlye so you can embrace everyone love like Christianity advocates.  

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