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OutServe Magazine | Last Updated June 29, 2015

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OutServe-SLDN Hails Enrollment Day

September 2, 2013 | Comments

Washington, DC – Tuesday marks a milestone for LGBT service members and our families as the process of issuing ID cards and enrolling dependents in military benefit programs begins. This step removes significant barriers to service and financial hardship for military families. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have approached implementation very carefully and we anticipate very few, if any, major problems. Read More


June 26, 2013 | Comments

Supreme Court rules 1996 law discriminatory and unconstitutional

Washington, DC – In a 5 to 4 decision, the United States Supreme Court today ruled in the case U.S. v. Windsor that part of the so­called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), … Read More

Statement from the Board of Directors to OutServe-SLDN Members, Families, and Supporters

June 24, 2013 | Comments

Washington, DC – The OS-SLDN Board and staff are in the process of transforming the organization from primarily a legal services organization into a membership services and advocacy organization. This not only includes revising our business model to operate effectively … Read More

Allyson Robinson’s Statement to OS-SLDN Members, Families and Supporters

June 24, 2013 | Comments

This weekend’s events were most unfortunate and deeply troubling for many of us, but for my part, as from the beginning of my tenure with this organization, I am fully and firmly committed to our LGBT service members, veterans, and their families and to their fight for equality. For that reason, and to honor those who’ve shared those values with me, it is my intent to continue to lead OutServe-SLDN in the near term as we approach an historic moment for our community and our country. After that, at a date to be determined, I have decided of my own accord to step down, and will work with our members to ensure an orderly transition to the next phase of this organization’s life. Read More

LGB Service Members to Ring NYSE Closing Bell

June 17, 2013 | Comments

LGB Service Members Set to Ring New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell June 28

OutServe-SLDN NYC Pride Kickoff Happy Hour will follow historic Wall Street closing ceremony

(New York, NY) – OutServe-SLDN announced today that the co-chair of its board of directors, Air Force Officer Josh Seefried, who co-founded the OutServe network in 2010, will join actively serving gay and lesbian service members for an historic Closing Bell ceremony on Friday, June 28. The afternoon will begin with a panel discussion before the group rings the closing bell to end the New York Stock Exchange’s trading day. The Wall Street events will be followed by a Happy Hour to kick off New York City Pride Weekend. Read More

Capital Pride Announces Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith as One of the Grand Marshals of the 2013 Pride Parade

June 5, 2013 |

WASHINGTON, DC – Capital Pride is pleased to announce that Brigadier General Tammy S. Smith, United States Army Reserve, will be one of the Capital Pride Parade’s Grand Marshals when it steps off on Saturday, June 8. She joins Lynda Carter, who was announced last week as the Parade’s Super Grand Marshal. Tammy Smith made history in August 2012 when her wife, Tracey Hepner, placed a General’s star on her shoulder. With that simple act, Smith became the first openly gay or lesbian flag officer to serve in the United States military. Her promotion occurred less than one year after the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Read More

Katie Miller to be Honored by AAUW and NASPA

May 21, 2013 |

AAUW and NASPA to Celebrate Women Trailblazers at Conference Donna Shalala and Ritu Sharma to Appear

On May 30, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education will honor six women innovators in media, … Read More

OutServe-SLDN to Participate in First National Give OUT Day!

May 2, 2013 |

Give OUT Day is a new national initiative that will engage hundreds of organizations and mobilize thousands of people on a single day across the country to give in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer community. It is a chance for LGBTQ groups large and small, to work across the wide range of issues and activities that matter to the LGBTQ community from sports to policy change, families to the arts. It is a chance for members of the LGBTQ community and our many allies to stand up and show our support for our community together on one day. It is a chance to make history, we hope you’ll join us! Read More

OutServe-SLDN to Host May 10 Hackathon in DC

April 24, 2013 |

Daylong event will explore how the organization can better serve its member and supporters; hackers will present ideas to board members and donors at early evening reception. Read More

DOD General Counsel reviews Fort Bragg Spouse Club Flap

December 13, 2012 | Comments

DoD General Counsel staffers are reviewing the Fort Bragg Officers’ Spouse Club’s refusal to grant Ashley Broadway, wife of Lt.Col. Heather Mack, membership. Pentagon still refuses to provide details on request to grant Same-Sex benefitsRead More