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Gay man named Navy Spouse of the Year



Brian Alvarado, husband of U.S. Navy servicemember Matthew Alvarado, has been named Armed Forces Insurance’s “Navy Spouse of the Year,” the first same-sex spouse named as a branch winner in the program’s 11-year history.

The Alvarados are stationed at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego.

Armed Forces Insurance’s “Spouse of the Year” program is intended to honor “the dedication and sacrifices of our nation’s more than 1.1 million military spouses.” Military Spouse magazine partners with Armed Forces Insurance to recognize military spouses from all six branches of the Armed Forces who are “making a difference in their communities.”

According to a press releases from Armed Forces Insurance and Military Spouse magazine, “As a male military spouse in a same-sex, interracial marriage, Alvarado’s recognition illustrates to the world that our military community is a strong, supportive, diverse and resilient community. Like other branch winners, he was nominated for his work in the community as a U.S. naval ombudsman at Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center and volunteer work with Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Professional Network.

“In his role as an ombudsman, he reports to the command leadership and acts as a liaison between the command and the families of the sailors who serve on base. He is also very passionate about his work with Hiring Our Heroes, working to improve the nationwide 16 percent unemployment rate within the military spouse community both on a local and national level.”

The press release notes that Alvarado was named the 2016 Naval Base Coronado Base Spouse of the Year, and has since “lead the conversation on equality within the military community and looks to further promote the Department of Defense’s Equality Initiatives.”

Brian Alvarado said, “It is the honor of my life to be a military spouse and to stand proudly next to my husband as he serves our great nation in the United States Navy. The work we do to lift up, support and improve the lives of our military community is a very important part of my life.

“The LGBT community fought hard for equality, both in service to our nation and for marriage equality,” he continued. “The important thing to remember is that with that equality comes the responsibility to engage, support, and give back to the military community as a whole. We are stronger together.”

As a branch winner, Alvarado now moves a step closer to being named the overall 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year. Nominations from non-family members were accepted Jan. 2-31 across all six branches of the United States military. Through a combination of popular vote and judging panels, the nominees have been whittled down to branch winners and after a final vote conducted on March 2 the overall winner will be announced at the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro) Annual Awards Dinner in Washington D.C. on May 10.

“Armed Forces Insurance has been a part of the Military Spouse of the Year program for nine years and we congratulate the amazing branch winners who are working tirelessly to make their communities better,” said Lori Simmons, chief marketing officer and vice president, Marketing & Corporate Communications at Armed Forces Insurance.

For more information visit MSOY.militaryspouse.com.

First active-duty same-sex wedding at West Point military academy


Congrats to Daniel and Vincent for making military history!


Two gay Apache helicopter pilots have married in what is believed to be the first active-duty same-sex wedding at West Point military academy.

Daniel Hall, 30 and Vincent Franchino, 26, were married on Saturday 13 January, according to the New York Times.

Makin Island Sailors Show Their Pride


Love these stories about the military and Pride. 🙂




Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dennis Grube 

USS Makin Island (LHD 8)

SAN DIEGO — Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) celebrated Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month with an observance hosted by the ship’s Diversity Committee, June 19.

During the event, themed “Pride in All Who Serve,” Sailors and Marines recognized the accomplishments of the LGBT community and its contributions to the Navy.

Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Melson delivered the opening remarks.

“Pride Month shows the importance of diversity in our Navy, and how that diversity makes us stronger,” said Melson. “If you or your shipmates can’t serve while being genuine to yourself and who you are at your core, then it makes it hard to be an effective Sailor and war-fighter.”

The guest of honor, Command Master Chief (ret.) Kathy Hansen, spoke about her experiences in the Navy as a member of the LGBT community.

“I never thought I’d be able to talk to you today about LGBT pride, marry the person I love and actively serve in our military while being openly gay,” said Hansen. “There were a number of people discharged during my time simply for who they chose to love.”

Members of the ship’s Gay, Lesbian and Supporting Sailors (GLASS) association shared their personal experiences with the audience and discussed historical facts of the Pride movement.

“It has been so incredibly humbling to be a part of GLASS and serve as its president, watching it grow from a small group of five people to over 40 members,” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class Rachel Koons, from State College, Penn. “Pride is about celebrating who you are and who you love. It’s amazing to live in a time where people can celebrate who they are and have the opportunity to serve their country as an openly gay person.”

Prohibitions for members of the LGBT community to serve in the military ended September 2011, after Congress voted to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

After taking the crew through her career during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Hansen left the audience with a final word of advice.

“Who you love doesn’t define the leader you will be,” said Hansen. “You should be true to yourself and okay with who you are no matter who you love. We, as a Navy and as human beings, should always treat everyone with dignity and respect regardless of age, race or sexual orientation.”

Canada’s Navy urges sailors to attend Gay Pride parades in uniform


Have I mentioned how much I love Canada?


CANADA, June 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Royal Canadian Navy commander Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd urged sailors last week to attend “Pride” events in uniform without any special permission to show that the Navy is “diverse” and “inclusive.”

“In an effort to epitomize diversity and inclusion,” Lloyd wrote in his directives, “the (Navy) encourages attendance to Pride events and authorizes the wear of uniform to participate in or attend the parade.”

The Navy commander said that effective immediately, Navy personnel no longer had to seek permission in order to wear their uniforms in homosexual “Pride” parades.

Lloyd marched in last year’s Pride Parade in Toronto. He told Canadian Press that he issued the directives after meeting with members of the LGBTQ community, who complained to him about Navy members needing permission to wear their uniforms in Pride Parades.

“They were speaking to the fact that you needed chain-of-command approval in order to wear a uniform,” he said.

“There is no reason why you should not be able to march in that parade in uniform if you should be so inclined. … I didn’t ask permission, and maybe I was supposed to. But it’s about being inclusive,” he added.

Now, following the Navy’s lead, Army General Jonathan Vance is planning on issuing similar directives.

National Defence spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier told Canadian Press that the military-wide directive is still being developed, but will likely look like the Navy’s directives.

“The Canadian Armed Forces recognizes that the strength of the team comes from the diversity of its people, which is why participation in Pride parades is absolutely supported.” he said.

Homosexual activists strategized decades ago that the best way to gain the public’s acceptance of their lifestyle and behaviors was to win support from corporations and all levels of public services, including police, firefighters, and military.

Honoring LGBT Service Members and Spouses in Military Appreciation Month


As part of my “Men in Uniform…and Out” writing theme, and as a run-up to the release of Hunted Soldier (Shadow Unit Book 3) later this month, I’m going to be posting some positive LGBT articles pertaining to the military. Enjoy, and feel free to share!


Millions Watch Hawaii Tourism Officials Surprise Gay Military Couple With Wedding


As part of my “Men in Uniform…and Out” writing theme, and as a run-up to the release of Hunted Soldier (Shadow Unit Book 3) later this month, I’m going to be posting some positive LGBT articles pertaining to the military. Enjoy, and feel free to share!