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Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
12:23 am
[esprix]
CELEBRATE!
Hey, how late am I to say WOO HOO for the lifting of DADT! :D

If anyone has great stories to share, please do! We want to hear the good stuff as well as support each other through the bad stuff! :)
Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
10:04 pm
[jreilly4261]
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
11:31 am
[esprix]
A tribute

Just wanted to say Happy Veteran's Day to both our loved ones who are serving or have served, and those of us who support them from home. It's truly a day to appreciate the sacrifices we've all made.

Current Mood: proud
Monday, August 11th, 2008
1:48 pm
[jreilly4261]
Get little Shannon home to her Moms
I know this is off-topic for this group, but I don't usually see much traffic here.  I beg your indulgence.  This is from a reliable source and is happening right now.

Sheila Calhoun, Coordinator, COLAGE Jacksonville, reaching out for your help.

One of our COLAGE kids, 8 year old Shannon, has been abducted by her biological father.  After more than a year absence in her life, he requested to see her and her moms flew her from Jacksonville, FL  to his home in New Mexico for a three week visit.  Once there, the father advised he would not return Shannon as he thinks it is detrimental to her wellbeing to be raised by a same sex couple.

Not only members of our COLAGE chapter, this couple are personal friends.  This has taken a devastating toll on them as they fight to get their daughter back.  Although they have full legal custody of Shannon, the police in New Mexico will not intervene without an emergency pickup order from the local judge. 

This family is racing against time to get the necessary legal documents in order to retrieve their daughter.  Although they have been allowed contact with Shannon via phone, they have reason to believe that the father intends to flee the state and/or country with her.  He has yet to enroll her in school and conversations with Shannon indicate he may be planning to move.

Once the order is issued by the judge (hopefully later this week), these two mothers will have to fly to New Mexico and pickup their daughter, with a police escort.  Having already tapped themselves out for legal fees, they are at a loss as to how to get to her.

Please help us help them.  We have setup a fund raising page on fundable.com.  The great thing about fundable is, they handle all of the fund raising and will send us the money when all is collected.  Please note:  No one takes a risk when making a pledge: if a collection expires before reaching its total in pledges, Fundable deletes all pledges and never charges money. No one pays until and unless everyone else makes a pledge.  Simply said, if we do not reach our goal, your pledges will not be collected from your account.

I know as a community of diverse families we can band together to see that this family is reunited.  If you can help financially, please do so.  Regardless, please keep this family in your prayers.

If you have any questions, or would like to send this family a message, feel free to email me at COLAGEJax@yahoo.com or contact us through www.myspace.com/colagejax

Thanks so much for your support.

Current Mood: cranky
Friday, April 14th, 2006
3:02 pm
[this_is_me_zel]
Wednesday, January 18th, 2006
1:22 pm
[stevielain]
hey! My name is Elena.
I've been around for a while, but i never introduced myself other than in comments.
i just saw my girl over christmas.
She's in the Navy in Pensacola for her A school.
Don't really know when I'm going to see her next.
thanks again for all the support!
Here are some pics of us!

I love my sailor!Collapse )
Friday, November 11th, 2005
3:27 pm
[gregoid]
Happy Veterans Day
Happy Veterans Day
United States flag


Current Mood: proud
Thursday, August 25th, 2005
6:32 pm
[esprix]
6 months over!

My man is on his way home. :D

Current Mood: ecstatic
2:45 pm
[this_is_me_zel]
I hate being with out her but...
MY name is Christina
My girlfriend "WIFE" her name is Celeste
She is a USMC she is a CPL.
And I can't be more proud. Yet there are days where I just want to go to her base and hang out like all the hetero couples do. Because they have concerts on base and shit like that and She won't take me because I get to sad that we can't do simple things like hold hands so know one knows about me in there not her "friends" that she hangs out with when she is not with me and it makes me sad I have not gotten use to it but I am not letting it get to me. That’s it the only thing that is hard right now. In January I don't know how I am going to do it but she is going to Japan for the rest of the remainder of her service. I am just so scared and sadden because I am afraid she might forget about me. And the only reason why we are still together is because we love each other. We have been together now for 4 years she has been in the Marines for two and all we have to live like this is two more years. If we break up now we both would be throwing away or love, or tears, and our future. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I am not going to give her up even though she is a Devil Dog.

Current Mood: worried
Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
9:49 am
[burnthisguitar]
she broke up with me .. dosent love me like she use to .. and met a guy .. so since i am no longer part of the military (by association) i'm leaving ..

i've never been so hurt in my life
Sunday, April 24th, 2005
11:28 am
[burnxwithxme]
please do this
Support Our Troops Bracelet - GI-Bracelet.org

i dont know if saw this one yet but u can spend anywhere from $1 to $5,whatever u want and u can pick which fund to put the money in.
Monday, April 18th, 2005
5:04 pm
[agile1985]
Military help? Is it possible?
I know this is going to sound pretty stupid, but I am going to do it anyway. I am in the military. Marines to be exact. I am stationed in hell, otherwise known as Parris Island South Carolina. I have a wonderful boyfriend who is also in the Marines. He absolutely loves the Marine Corps except for the one part about don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue, don't harass. I, on the other hand, can't stand it. I am becoming more and more depressed because I just can't seem to deal with the level of control everyone else here has over my life. I can't stand the absolutely stupid pointless things that are done that just seem to make my life harder. But most of all I just wan't to be me again, with control over my own life. Believe it or not, that has almost nothing to do with the gay issue, due to the fact that nobody can ask me, and I stay off base as much as is humanly possible. I am become more and more depressed every day. I am pretty sure I can get out, but I am holding back because I am not sure what would happen if I did get out. I don't know this area very well, and I don't know anyhting about the job market around here. I don't have to worry about a place to stay because I live with my boyfriend, but as far as other expences go... AAAAHHHHHHH. Please, nobody tell me to stick it out. If that was a possibility, I would do it, but I am slowly dieing while here. Esprix... I know you have alot of advise you can depart, and my ears are wide open. I do know about SLDN, and just haven't worked up the balls to call them yet. This is my cry for help. SAVE MY SANITY!!!

Current Mood: depressed
Saturday, March 19th, 2005
11:28 am
[montana_marine]
How's it going? I just joined this community. I am a corporal in the U.S. Marines. I'm stationed on Okinawa, Japan. I've been here 2 1/2 years. Most of the time I've been deployed throughout southeast Asia. Anyway, I just recently got engaged so I was just wondering if there are any other Marine couples or families who could give me some advice on how to make this work out the best. My fiance is also currently active duty. She has about 2 years left on her contract and she's planning on getting out. Any advice would be great!
Friday, February 18th, 2005
2:34 pm
[esprix]
SLDN Survival Guide

I was just perusing the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network website and read through this:

Survival Guide

I found it very helpful in dealing with just about everything, and specifically in my case things like benefits, emergency contacts, etc. If you haven't, it's worth taking a look.

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, February 9th, 2005
7:46 am
[leclerque]
Masquerade
I feel like such a fool. Like I'm wearing this mask.
I read this article on this marine that came out to his first sergeant in this seven page letter.
How the hell could I ever do that? I mean, that means yanking my ass out of this system, which is not what I want. If I didn't wan any of this I would not have joined. But then again. I mean, I'm not going to be some fucking Rosa Parks for the gays. I'm not going to burn while everyone watches. Fuck that. It's not like I'm going to change anything. I don't have the energy to even try.
But why on earth am I trying to fight this system? I just don't even have the energy to do this anymore.
I sit around and sulk all day, just feeling sorry for myself.
It's just so hard not to drown myself in the tear-flooded pits of despair in the bowels of my own private hell. I feel like I'm trying so hard to be happy and I just can't. It feels like something I'm never going to accept.
Things aren't that bad.
Things aren't that bad.
If I tell myself that enough it will be true.

God and I'm lonely. I'm in a system that will not allow me to be happy. It's designed so that people like me can do nothing more than settle with being lonely.

Current Mood: discontent
Thursday, January 20th, 2005
10:44 am
[esprix]
Welcome!

Welcome to lgbtmilfamilies!

Although I found several LiveJournal communities that offer support for military spouses and families, and most are open and welcoming to the LGBT communities, I decided to start this one as well to serve as a space specifically for us. Hopefully others will find it and use it for support, as a place to discuss issues, and generally as a space to be welcome to be yourselves in (since we all know how difficult it can be to be an LGBT servicemember). So come in, share your stories, ask questions and hang out. :)

For me, I'm a civilian with a partner in the Navy. I'm kind of new to the whole military spouse thing, but I want to be there for my partner and get through his enlistment as best we can in sometimes difficult circumstances.

Membership in this community is moderated to help protect people's privacy. If you or your partner are active duty I encourage you to make your posts friends only so only we'll see it.

So, again, welcome, and happy posting! If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me directly or just post a comment here. Thanks!

Current Mood: creative
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