Nobody knows where and when the expression actually started but everyone knows that being a “Friend of Dorothy’s” is gay slang for a gay man. In the past, stating that, or asking if someone was a friend of Dorothy was a furtive shibboleth used for discussing sexual orientation while avoiding hostility.
Well in the late 1970s, the Naval Investigative Service was investigating homosexuality in the Chicago area. Agents discovered gay men sometimes referred to themselves as “friends of Dorothy”. Unaware of the historical meaning of the term. The Intelligence Service deduced that “Dorothy” must be an actual woman that functioned as a sort of information hub that gay men could use to find other gay men. If they could only find her, they figured they could convince her to talk, perhaps outing many of the gay navy personnel in the process, who in turn, with a little pressure, could no doubt out many others. The key was simply to find Dorothy.
Of course they failed at finding Dorothy, wasting an amazing amount of taxpayer money paying investigators to pose as gay men.
The Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a Congressional notification obtained by USNI News.
The July 14, 2016 notification, signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, indicated he intended to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206). The ship would be the second of the John Lewis-class oilers being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, Calif.
The Secretary of the Navy’s office is deferring additional information until the naming announcement, a Navy official told USNI News on Thursday.
Mabus has said the John Lewis-class – named after civil rights activist and congressman Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) – would be named after civil rights leaders.
Harvey Milk joined the United States Navy during the Korean War. He served aboard the submarine rescue ship USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) as a diving officer. He later transferred to Naval Station, San Diego to serve as a diving instructor. In 1955, he was discharged from the Navy at the rank of lieutenant.
Prepare for the thunderous screams of right-wing religious freaks everywhere.
Congratulations, Harvey Milk!
Obligatory: Harvey Milk will be filled with seamen. (Tee-Hee)
The United States Navy now will provide military benefits to gay couples stationed in Japan after previously denying dependent status to same-sex spouses there, according to defense officials. The change came after U.S. and Japanese officials agreed to an interpretation of the status of forces agreement between the two nations, concluding that the term “spouses” applied to all individuals who are legally married to Department of Defense personnel.
The Navy announced its decision saying in a notice to personnel that it had added Japan to its list of overseas assignments for same-sex couples. The move came after the Washington Post published an article exposing how gay service members and their spouses often miss out on U.S. benefits while living abroad.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a directive in August ordering the military to treat all legally married couples equally for purposes of federal benefits, ensuring that the Pentagon complied with a Supreme Court ruling this year that overturned a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act.
The American Military Partners Association, a gay-rights group, described the Navy’s decision as “welcome news” but noted that the armed forces still do not treat same-sex spouses equally at many duty stations abroad.
As of this writing the U.S. Navy has only made Japan and Guantanamo Bay available as overseas assignments for gay couples.
Midshipman Andrew Koch has been kicked out of the U.S. Navy ROTC in the third year of a four-year scholarship service contract and ordered to pay back nearly $26,000.00 dollars in scholarship money after the Navy discovered that Andrew under the name of Patrick Hunter had done some part-time gay modeling through the adult website FabScout.com
The Personal Review Board that made the decision found Andrew’s part-time “modeling” to be “inconsistent with good order and discipline,” and “inconsistent with what the Navy deems morally acceptable.”
Koch was informed by a commanding officer, T.M. Calabrese, that he was being placed on an involuntary leave of absence, while he was being investigated “for an alleged serious moral offense that brings discredit upon the naval service.”
A week later the Board concurred, advising Andrew that he would also be liable to return all tuition, fees, and educational expenses incurred during his tenure.
In a statement Andrew wrote: , “[I] never meant to disrespect the Navy, never appeared in uniform, and never associated [my] private work in pornography with the Navy in any way. Morality is a very subjective ideal.”
The Navy’s Personnel Review Board (PRB) rejected Koch’s claim, but did note that his conduct was “perfectly legal.” Even so they still concluded it was inconsistent with Navy standards.
Andrew added that he started the gay modeling to raise funds because he was experiencing financial hardship, after being placed on a leave of absence from the NROTC for medical reasons. “I am not at all ashamed of gay sex. I just needed to support myself. It was never my intention to bring any discredit to the service. I never correlated my private conduct with my public service. I saw a disconnect between the two.”
The Washington Post is reporting that United States Navy is revoking its permission to its navy chaplains that it can conduct same-sex marriages at military chapels following an uproar by GOP politico’s and anti-gay right wing hate groups claiming the move would violate a law prohibiting federal recognition of gay marriage. (DOMA)
In a memo last month from Navy Chief of Chaplains Rear Adm. Mark L. Tidd said that same-sex marriages would be permitted at military chapels in states that recognize gay marriages once the gay ban ended. Navy chaplains would not be required to officiate at same-sex marriage ceremonies if it was inconsistent with religious beliefs and that gay marriages could occur on base because Navy lawyers had concluded that “generally speaking, base facility use is sexual orientation neutral.”
Conservative anti-gay hate groups such as The Family Research Council and Elaine Donnelly, founder of the Center for Military Readiness went ballistic
They don’t know what they’re doing, they don’t have a clue,” (Tidd’s decision) “demonstrates what we’ve been saying all along — this isn’t leadership,” she said. “In this case, a senior officer issued something that is contrary to common sense, sound policy and the assurances given to Congress
Donnelly who is one nasty, anti-gay, piece of work has no actual experience serving in the military, but that hasn’t stopped her from establishing a career as president of the Center for Military Readiness through which she crusades against women out of active duty and gays out of the the military. Donnelly who got her start in politics working alongside Phyllis Schlafly in defeating the Equal Rights Amendment has made it her mission to ensure that women do not serve in combat and that gays do not serve at all while making outrageous statements, such as her suggestion that retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John Shalikashvili recent call for the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy was somehow tied to a stoke he had suffered.
How scary that these are the “things”, because I shudder to say people that out Government listens to. They are nothing more than thugs, bullies and terrorist who scream the loudest but actually have a few followers.
For the Navy ti fold to them is an embarrassment on that branch of the service and also the country.
Family Research Council hate group President and former navy semen TonyPerkins is deeply upset over that fact that the decision to hold gay weddings on Navy bases “an assault on religious freedom.”
“If the administration keeps pounding its agenda through the military, we’ll need the Navy SEALs to rescue marriage. Last week, we started to see some of the fallout from the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal. Without bothering to consult Congress-or the law-Navy officials decided to revise their training manuals to better accommodate same-sex ‘marriage.’ In a letter to the chaplain corps, Rear Admiral M.L. Tidd says it starts by freeing up military chaplains and facilities for homosexual weddings. ‘This is a change,’ Tidd wrote, ‘to previous training that states same-sex marriages are not authorized on federal property.
“Call it what you will, but that’s not a change to ‘training’–that’s a circumvention of U.S. law. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)–which governs not just the military, but every federal entity–states that marriage is the legal union of a man and woman. Now that the ban on homosexuals in the military is overturned, the White House is trying to enlist the troops in its war on DOMA. And if the administration won’t uphold the law, then it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the President would order the military to ignore it.”
Let me guess. Always a bridesmaid never a bride, right bitch?
David Pakman interviews dishonorably discharged ex-Navy Chaplin Gordon Klingenschmitt who believed that all gay and lesbian men and women should have exorcisms. Klingenschmitt a homophobic nutcase to the maximum degree has also issued “imprecatory prayers” calling for God to kill the leaders of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Klingenschmitt, who now runs a Colorado Spings-based nonprofit, “The Pray in Jesus Name Project,” is also fond of boasting to his right-wing extremist followers that he demanded his own court martial because his superior officers prohibited him from praying in the name of Jesus.
He was actually charged with disobeying an order and kicked out of the Navy for attending a political rally in front of the White House in March 2006 dressed in his Navy uniform, a violation of military regulations and has continued to lie and even
Ensign Steve Crowston says he suffered months of continual anti-gay harassment and sexual discrimination from his fellow and commanding officers with Strike Fighter Squadron 136 at Naval Air Station, Oceana, Va.. The harassment began in August 2009, when his fellow officers called him into a room for a review of call signs, a military moniker that easily identifies a service member. He says his name was written on a whiteboard with a list of call sign recommendations which included: “Gay Boy,” “Fagmeister,” “Cowgirl,” and “Romo’s Bitch,” Crowston who smartlywould not disclose his sexual orientation – says his commanding and executive officers were in the room and participated in the group vote, picking “Romo’s Bitch.”
In the following months after the call sign incident, Crowston said, the harassment only got worse. He was the subject of anti-gay slurs and continued harassment in person and over e-mail from his commanding officers and from his squadron officers. Crowston said he was the target of what he believes to be numerous instances of reprisal from his commanding officers — the same officers Crowston named in his Navy complaint to the inspector general were charged with conducting his review. It was the worst review Crowston received in his 16 years in the Navy and on Thursday, Crowston was suddenly reassigned to Naval Special Warfare Group Two, a Virginia Beach-based Seal team scheduled to deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan in the coming months Crowston contends that Beverly Bilger, the inspector general charged with investigating his claims of sexual harassment and workplace hostility, was biased. Crowston filed two separate whistle-blower reprisal complaints with the Defense Department inspector general’s office and said that Bilger admitted to him to having previously worked across the hall from the commander. He said Bilger relayed personal information about the commander and admitted to contacting him about Crowston’s complaint weeks before the official investigation began/ and
Crowston’s case has been re-opened and launched an investigation into the way the complaint was initially handled.
There needs to be acknowledgment that this is improper content — there’s obviously an issue with call signs — and I’m seeking acknowledgment that this is improper conduct within the aviator community,” Crowston said. “I believe I’m owed an apology for this.”
“I hope that people that have the courage to step up and know right from wrong and say something,” Crowston said. “I’m standing up for what I feel is right.”