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Are Transgender Veterans at Greater Risk of Suicide?

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces who have received a diagnosis consistent with transgender status are more likely to have serious suicidal thoughts and plans to attempt suicide.

Veterans Affairs Sued For Denying Gay Marriage Benefits

POLITICS | By Winnie McCroy | Aug 20
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is being sued over its refusal to grant spousal benefits to same-sex military couples in states where these marriages are not recognized.

Gay Veterans Won’t March in Boston Parade

A gay rights advocacy group says it is ending its efforts to get organizers of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade to allow gay military veterans to march.

LGBTQs Still Barred From Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

NATIONAL | By David Perry | Mar 11
Organizers of the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade face a growing political backlash for their refusal to let a group of 20 gay veterans participate as openly LGBTQ in the nation’s second largest Irish-themed march.

WWII Soldier Marries in First Same-Sex Wedding at Veterans’ Home

FAMILY | By Kilian Melloy | Sep 15
A 95-year-old member of the Greatest Generation has tied the knot with his boyfriend, a Vietnam vet, at a California veterans home in what was hailed by some (and excoriated by others) as the facility’s first same-sex wedding.

Feds Won’t Enforce Same-Sex Veterans Law

NATIONAL | By Pete Yost | Sep 4
The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages.

Judge: VA Can’t Deny Benefits to Lesbian Army Vet

A judge in Los Angeles ruled Thursday that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Conn. Bill Restores State Benefits to Gay Vets

Connecticut lawmakers are seeking to restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans discharged under the U.S. military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy.

VA Decision On Burial Rights Departs From Past

FAMILY | By Kevin Freking | Feb 19
The government has cleared the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a veteran in a national cemetery, but it’s far from certain how easy it will be for other gay military couples to win the same benefit.

VA Grants Burial Rights for Same-Sex Ore.Couple

NATIONAL | By Steven DuBois | Feb 15
The Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to allow the same-sex spouse of a member of the military to be buried in a U.S. national cemetery.

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