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I have been avoiding, and will probably continue to avoid, addressing specific documents in the Wikileaks document-dump. For one thing, I prefer to read and post Secretary Clinton’s own words in context rather than some news org’s interpretation of them. For another, Mme. Secretary is doing a fine job, diplomat that she is, of addressing the situation on her own, and I have posted her remarks at Still4Hill.


This aspect of the story, however, does deserve attention from the Department of Homegirl Security.  If you go back in the archives here to June, 2009, you will see a post where yours truly mentions a number of  Tweeters expressing undying love for Hillary Clinton based on her extension of benefits to domestic partners of State Department employees.  In that post, and in the ensuing comments, Homegirls and Homeboys discussed the obvious: The true champion of the LGBT community in the Obama administration is clearly Hillary Clinton.

If you do a search on this blog for LGBT, you will find posts citing Secretary Clinton’s outreaches and inclusions of this community both within her department and globally.  That it was a member of this community, disgruntled perhaps for having been passed over, who targeted our Homegirl, a vocal supporter of LGBT rights and repeal of  DADT is the unkindest irony of this situation.  He wanted to give her a heart attack.  Really?  Sad.  Very sad.


Man behind the bombshell: A disgruntled US soldier

WASHINGTON:Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public,”Bradley Manning is said to have boasted once. “Everywhere there’s a US post, there’s a diplomatic scandal that will be revealed.”

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What caused a young man from Oklahoma to undertake a feat of betrayal or whistleblowing that has convulsed the world? One report attributed it to a troubled youth and army service where he was shunned for being gay although he was politically aware and smart. When his career was going nowhere he is said to have become radicalized and anti-government .

Read more: Man behind the bombshell: A disgruntled US soldier – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Man-behind-the-bombshell-A-disgruntled-US-soldier/articleshow/7013059.cms#ixzz16jX6wBpI


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This WaPo article tells the story.

Judge in California rules on military’s ban on openly gay service members

By Robert Barnes
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 10, 2010; 1:31 AM

A federal judge in California said Thursday that the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members violates the Constitution, the most recent in a string of court rulings overturning restrictions on the rights of the country’s gay men and lesbians.

U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips said the government’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is a violation of due process and First Amendment rights. Instead of being necessary for military readiness, she said, the policy has a “direct and deleterious effect” on the armed services.

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Suddenly? After all these years? Somebody figured out how/why DADT violates the U.S. Constitution? Really? How many dedicated, well-trained, talented service members have been discharged since DADT went into effect? How hard was it to figure this out? I just saw Dan Choi on MSNBC (with a huge smile) saying that DADT does violate First Amendment rights of some people in some instances. Three little words, he explained, like “I am gay,” or “I love you,” or “I love X” (or Y as the case may be) spoken in the presence of the wrong person are enough to get an otherwise able-bodied service member discharged. How long did it take to figure this out? Where is the Executive Order striking DADT down?

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Last year, she blazed the trail for this administration by announcing benefits for same sex domestic partners of State Department employees  and, literally,  shook D.C. in doing so.  THIS year, as the Supreme Commander of Passport Rules, this is her gift for Gay Pride Month, and it is HUGE!  Ya gotta love her!  This is the second year in a row that she has delicately picked a hand grenade out the pocket of one of her rainbow of pantsuits and lobbed it.  Ace shortstops have dead-on aim!  Go Hillary!

New Policy on Gender Change in Passports Announced

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 9, 2010

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to use the occasion of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month to announce its new policy guidelines regarding gender change in passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.

Beginning June 10, when a passport applicant presents a certification from an attending medical physician that the applicant has undergone appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition, the passport will reflect the new gender. The guidelines include detailed information about what information the certification must include. It is also possible to obtain a limited-validity passport if the physician’s statement shows the applicant is in the process of gender transition. No additional medical records are required. Sexual reassignment surgery is no longer a prerequisite for passport issuance. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad can also be amended with the new gender.

As with all passport applicants, passport issuing officers at embassies and consulates abroad and domestic passport agencies and centers will only ask appropriate questions to obtain information necessary to determine citizenship and identity.

The new policy and procedures are based on standards and recommendations of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), recognized by the American Medical Association as the authority in this field.

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This article from On Top Magazine pretty much speaks for itself.

Miss. School Officials End Prom Over Lesbian Couple

By On Top Magazine Staff
Published: March 10, 2010

A northern Mississippi high school has canceled its annual prom dance rather than allow a lesbian student attend with her girlfriend, the AP reported.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Itawamba County School District announced the cancellation of the Itawamba Agricultural High School (IAHS) prom dance for junior and senior students.

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Wow!  Let’s just punish EVERYBODY!  It’s like some 21st Century version of Dickens  (How DARE he ask for more gruel!”) or Jane Eyre (“How DARE she have naturally curly hair!”).   Now EVERYBODY, go kneel in the cobblestone courtyard for hours! In the rain! Holding a brick in each hand!

Do these idiots understand that there is no quicker way of getting the whole student body behind Constance McMillen and her date than by cancelling the prom?  That, of course, was a rhetorical question, and that,  of course, would be a GOOD thing.  Why do I have a feeling that this prom will go on and Constance and her date will attend in their finery and look as cute as all the other kids?   Good luck,  IAHS Classes of 2010 and 2011!  I think you have a good chance at forcing their hand.  If they taught you nothing else in your four years there, the district has done a great job of giving you a first-hand civics lesson.

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