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Allyson D. Robinson
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A native of Scranton, Pa., Allyson D. Robinson is a 1994 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she majored in physics. After an internship at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she was commissioned as an officer in the Army and commanded PATRIOT missile units in Europe and the Middle East. She also served as a senior trainer/evaluator for NATO, and as an adviser to the armed forces of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. Robinson resigned her commission in 1999 to pursue a calling to Christian ministry, serving as pastor-teacher to churches in the Portuguese Azores and central Texas. She earned a master of divinity degree in theology, with a capstone emphasis in social justice, from Baylor University in 2007. Most recently, as the first Deputy Director for Employee Programs of the HRC Foundation’s Workplace Project, Robinson drove the design and delivery of HRC’s broad portfolio of training and curricula for corporate leadership and employee audiences to improve LGBT cultural competence and inclusion in the workplace. Most recently she served as the executive director of OutServe-SLDN. She lives with her wife of 19 years and their four children in Gaithersburg, Md.

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The First Word I Ever Googled: Why Online Privacy Is an LGBT Issue

(6) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 9:00 AM

The first word I ever Googled was "transgender."

This was in 1995, so I didn't actually Google it per se. Larry Page and Sergey Brin hadn't even developed the first Google algorithm at that point, so if you wanted to find something on the Internet, you went to Yahoo! and...

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Life After DOMA: The LGBT Military Community Prepares for the Next Fight

(12) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 9:17 PM

As the morning of Sept. 20, 2011, dawned on American military installations around the world, gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members woke up to a new reality: Their service in defense of this country would no longer be contingent on a willingness to lie about who they are. Ending "don't...

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Not Cool, Mr. Secretary, Not Cool

(8) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 3:27 PM

I recognize that there are big items on the agenda for our Department of Defense and specifically, for Secretary Chuck Hagel. Budget cuts. An historic draw down of troops. Mounting concerns in Syria. So it's understandable why the Pentagon's leadership may have felt this week that a controversial...

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Open Transgender Military Service: It's Time to Get Started

(137) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 4:04 PM

Now that he's no longer Secretary of Defense, I imagine that Leon Panetta has very little to worry about, least of all his legacy.

Panetta's announcement just weeks before leaving office that he would bring an end to the policy of excluding women from combat assignments surprised, well,...

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Marines Lead, Ft. Bragg Lags... and Hagel Waits

(16) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 9:46 AM

My military career began in the summer of 1990 when I reported for duty at West Point to begin "Beast Barracks" -- six weeks of hard-core military indoctrination that begin the long, arduous process of molding high schoolers into leaders of character to serve the nation. As part of that...

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Transgender Day of Remembrance: More Than a List of Names

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 9:08 AM

The first time I saw my father cry was over a list of names.

It was the Fourth of July 1993, the summer before my senior year at West Point, and we'd come to Washington, D.C., so that I could catch a plane. I'd volunteered to spend the summer leading...

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Let's Celebrate... Then Let's Make History Again

(5) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 11:20 AM

This week our LGBT community helped make history, as voters across the nation rejected homophobia practically en masse to protect our civil rights and affirm our humanity. We've listed our wins so often since Tuesday that they now roll like a litany off our tongues: President Obama, reelected; marriage equality's...

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