Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 29+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-03-25
Download Issue
  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Travis Turner heads 'Upstairs' SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT 
Travis Turner
heads 'Upstairs'
Gay actor Travis Turner is relishing his chance to return to The ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

OutServe, SLDN vote to finalize historic combination
From a news release
2012-10-27

facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


(ORLANDO, FL) In a meeting held today during the 2012 International Leadership Conference, the boards of directors of OutServe and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) voted to take the final steps to combine the two organizations - including to combine the two boards - and elected co-chairs to lead the board of directors of OutServe-SLDN. Retired Navy Captain April Heinze, who previously served as co-chair of the SLDN board of directors will take the helm alongside Josh Seefried, co-founder and previously co-director of OutServe.

"We are enthusiastic about the combination of these two vibrant and effective organizations. Our mission will be to provide the best representation, advocacy, and services for LGBT service members, veterans, and their families and continue the momentum we began toward reaching full LGBT equality in the military with the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' last year. We know that was just the beginning and we are prepared to fight this fight all the way to the end," said Heinze.

"This comes down to mission first, just as it always is in the military. This is a great day for both organizations and for the LGBT service members and veterans around the world, who need a strong, unified voice speaking for them at the White House, on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon, and among the American people. What began as a simple effort to tell our stories has grown into something we could never have imagined, and this combination represents the next step in that evolution. Each organization brings its own strengths to the fight for full LGBT military equality, and we are stronger together," said Josh Seefried, co-founder and co-director of OutServe. At age 26, Seefried becomes the youngest co-chair of a major national LGBT organization.

SLDN was founded in 1993 following the passage of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in order to provide free, confidential, and direct legal services to LGBT service members and veterans affected by the law and by the previous ban on open gay and lesbian service. Since then, the organization has assisted more than 12,000 individuals and became a key player in the fight to repeal the DADT law.

OutServe rose to prominence after it began as an underground network of LGBT service members connected via Facebook that now boasts more than 6,000 members worldwide. During the fight to repeal DADT, the group facilitated telling the stories of active duty service members in the media and at the Pentagon, becoming a key link for the Comprehensive Review Working Group that allowed the voices of those who were serving in silence to be heard. Just a few weeks after DADT repeal, OutServe hosted the first-ever conference of active duty LGBT service members and has remained a vital and growing organization since.

As a single organization moving forward, OutServe-SLDN will intensify its efforts to bring about full equality through a continued focus on securing equal recognition, support, and benefits for all military families; correcting so called "homosexual" discharge records to reflect the honorable service of all those discharged for their sexual orientation during the DADT era and before; highlighting the stories and faces of service members, veterans, and families harmed by discriminatory laws; building additional membership and engagement; and ensuring that all qualified LGBT Americans who wish to serve their country in uniform are able to do so free of discrimination and harassment.

On Thursday, the organization announced the selection of its new Executive Director, Allyson Robinson, a West Point graduate, a former Army officer and former minister.

"I am honored to lead the new OutServe-SLDN into this next phase of advocacy and action on behalf of our brave LGBT service members, veterans, and their families. Until they are guaranteed equal opportunity, recognition, support, and benefits, our mission is incomplete. We cannot and will not leave them behind," said Robinson, who departed her position at Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to accept the position.

For additional details on Robinson's selection, click here.

###

ABOUT OUTSERVE-SLDN: OutServe-SLDN is the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel with more than fifty chapters and 6000 members around the world It works to support a professional network of LGBT military personnel and create an environment of respect in the military with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. It is a non-partisan, non-profit, legal services and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. OS-SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. For more information, visit www.outserve-sldn.org .


facebook twitter del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

Married same-sex couples still denied many veterens' benefits, bill reintroduced 2015-03-24
Former Chair Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen to speak on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" 2015-03-18
Out at CHM: Secret Loves: Before We Could Ask or Tell 2015-03-13
Navy's top enlisted sailor supports open service by transgender troops 2015-03-13
Army takes steps to protect transgender troops 2015-03-06
Military chaplains go anti-LGBT route 2015-03-04
AMPA to SCOTUS: Marriage inequality harms military families 2015-03-03
Same-sex married war veteran denied veterans benefits 2015-02-26
New rule defining spouse in Family and Medical Leave Act could impact 118,000 2015-02-24
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter comments on transgender service 2015-02-22
Openly gay man Chief of Staff for Secretary of Defense 2015-02-18
ELECTIONS 2015: 2ND WARD Cornell Wilson: Military vet aims for aldermanic post 2015-02-18
Army considers change in policy on transgender soldiers 2015-02-16
Army approves hormone treatment for Manning 2015-02-12
BOOK REVIEW Soldier of Change 2015-01-21
Palm Center to Pres Obama: Address trans military ban in State of the Union 2015-01-15
Fundraising underway for GLBT veterans monument 2015-01-07
Duty stations available to same-sex military couples gontinues to grow 2014-12-18
National: LGBT bill in Congress; trans soldiers; blood ban 2014-12-17
Air Force Secretary supports lifting military ban on trans service 2014-12-10
Door partially unlocked to trans* military service 2014-12-10
Pentagon sexual assault survey results released, SWAN responds 2014-12-05
Ashton Carter nominated Secretary of Defense 2014-12-05
Transgender military service: Officers speak, SPARTA praises Hagel 2014-12-03
Retired military officers ask military to follow DOD rules on transgender 2014-11-28
Groups to Hagel: Review outdated transgender policy 2014-11-24
THEATER REVIEW Women at War 2014-11-19
LGBT veterans, supporters celebrate Veterans Day 2014-11-12
Trans Day of Remembrance: Sacred, not to be misappropriated 2014-11-12
Dept. of Vet. Affairs still denies LGBT veterans benefits 2014-11-11
LGBT vet monument planned for Abraham Lincoln cemetery 2014-11-08
Maj. Stephen Snyder-Hill: From soldier to LGBT-rights activist 2014-11-05
MOVIES Rory Kennedy re-creates 'Last Days in Vietnam' 2014-10-12
'Do Ask, Do Tell' symposium features Kristin Beck 2014-10-08
Operation Do Ask, Do Tell: Symposium on health for military GLBTs 2014-09-30
After DADT repeal, LGBT military families still face challenges 2014-09-22
Veterans Health Administration opens doors to LGBT vets 2014-09-17
Reinhart succeeds Darby as AVER president 2014-09-15
House Committee rejects equal benefits for gay veterans 2014-09-10
Connor leads new veteran-focused business incubator 2014-09-03





Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 

ALMA names recipients of Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change scholarship
 
Ald. Emma Mitts videotaped making anti-LGBT comments
 
New BYC location among Howard Brown meeting announcements
 
Accepting HIV status is 'strength' for Chicago athlete
 
Transgender community members demonstrate, demand recognition
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now
Sponsor


Sponsor

  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.