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Lunch With Allyson Robinson

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

Many in the trans community had a hard time coming to terms with the idea that adding other requirements to the repeal of DADT, such as open trans service, was not really the same fight. As Allyson also was transgender, I had presumed that she would have the same opinion.

Real Talk With Rob Smith Podcast 1: Paula Deen, Outserve/SLDN and the Fall of DOMA and Prop 8

Rob Smith | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rob Smith

On this week's podcast, I take on the Paula Deen race scandal, the Outserve/SLDN ouster of Allyson Robinson, and the historic victories with DOMA and Prop 8.

Freedom to Work and the New LGBT Advocacy Paradigm

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

National organizations that are structured more like campaigns, or that serve one particular community or cause, along with the legal organizations and the research organizations, have been increasingly effective relative to the multi-issue organizations. The question is why.

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

Allyson D. Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allyson D. Robinson

The challenges LGBT people face in America won't simply dematerialize as we achieve each new policy objective. Passing good laws and enacting good policies is hard work, but changing culture is much harder.

Why OutServe-SLDN Represents the Future of the LGBT Movement -- and What They Are Doing About It

Joe Kapp | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Joe Kapp

By exposing its challenges, OutServe-SLDN, the association of LGBT military personnel, veterans, and their families, figured out a way to reinvigorate its mission -- and thus may have revealed the way forward for the larger LGBT movement as more and more of our legal objectives are achieved.

LOOK: LGBT Military Group Issues Expectations Should Hagel Become Secretary Of Defense | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

(WASHINGTON, DC) Army veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson issued the following statement today as multiple reports surfaced ...

30 Days Of Holiday LGBT Giving: OutServe-SLDN

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Note: This holiday season, in lieu of a traditional holiday gift guide, we'll be featuring a different LGBT organization each day for our "30 Days Of ...

Allyson Robinson, New OutServe-SLDN Executive Director, Shatters Glass Ceiling For Transgender Leadership Of LGBT Organizations

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dana Beyer

History was made last week with the appointment of Allyson Robinson to serve as the executive director of the newly united OutServe-SLDN (Servicemembers Legal Defense Network) organization. What was historic about it? That Allyson Robinson happens to be a trans woman.

Andrea Stone

SLDN, OutServe Join Forces To Fight For Gays In Military | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

WASHINGTON -- A veteran advocacy organization that pioneered in pushing to repeal the military's ban on the service of openly gay soldiers is joining ...

GOP Launches New Attack On Gay Rights In Military

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.10.2012 | Politics

While gay members of the military now enjoy the right to marry openly, the House Armed Services Committee attempted to ensure on Wednesday that they w...

Max J. Rosenthal

Military Gays Demand Greater Equality | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a campaign event in Maryland on Friday, President Barack Obama trumpeted the repeal of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy as a signat...

Andrea Stone

Charlie Morgan Takes Battle With DOMA To Capitol Hill | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Charlie Morgan, the lesbian National Guardsman who is battling Stage IV breast cancer and the Defense of Marriage Act that would deny su...

Andrea Stone

Lesbian Guardsman Battling Cancer To Tell Boehner Staff That Her Wife Deserves Benefits | Andrea Stone | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A lesbian National Guardsman -- who is fighting Stage IV breast cancer and who fears time is running out for overturning the Defense of ...

Gay Military Spouse Speaks Out On His Husband Getting Booed At GOP Debate

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

Josh Snyder, the husband of the gay soldier booed at a September Republican presidential debate, appeared on MSNBC Thursday to discuss the incident an...

Andrea Stone

Same-Sex Married Troops Ready To Sue Over Military Benefits | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

LAS VEGAS -- The gay advocacy group that successfully lobbied to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy plans to file a lawsuit in feder...

Andrea Stone

How-To Guide: Everything Gay Troops Need To Know Once DADT Repeal Becomes Official | Andrea Stone | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Is it required to come out if you're a gay or lesbian service member? Is it safe for gay troops to confide in their chaplain? Which bene...

DADT: The End is Near

Tracy Baim | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics
Tracy Baim

More than 14,000 servicemembers have been dismissed under DADT since 1993. These represent lost careers, lost contributions to our country's safety and people hurt who wanted nothing more than to serve our nation.

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal Under Attack

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Just successfully enacting repeal does not finish the job. Opponents of open service are circling the wagons, and we must acknowledge that repeal is under attack and must be defended.

The History Makers

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Gay troops have fought and died for our country since the Revolutionary War. Soon, they will no longer have to do so while being treated like second-class citizens.

Amanda Terkel

DADT Repeal Advocates Call For More Aggressive White House Outreach To Capitol Hill | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With negotiations heating up over whether the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will be brought up in the lame duck session of C...

Air Force DADT Enforcement Has Stopped, According To Official's E-Mail

AP / The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - A gay rights group says the Air Force has told its legal officers to stop enforcing "don't ask, don't tell" because of a judge's ruling T...

Remembering Pfc. Barry Winchell on the 10th Anniversary of His Murder

Michael Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rowe

The real cost of Don't Ask, Don't Tell has always been the human one -- Barry Winchell's life, of course, beaten out of him with a baseball bat over the 4th of July weekend 10 years ago.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Our Fight Too

Ryan McDermott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan McDermott

Gay and lesbians are a vital group within our veteran community. They help form our ranks. These troops are among those who keep our nation safe.

Gates, Mullen Signal Chain of Command: Stop Wasting Time Discharging Gays

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

As much as we welcome these helpful changes coming from Secretary Gates and his DOD General Counsel, interim steps are not a substitute for repeal.

The Pentagon's Awkward "If" Problem

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

That we can or should allow gays to serve openly only after -- or iff -- we end one or both wars is the most obvious of red herrings. It will take years for the wars to "end."