BY IT1(SW/AW) Christopher Hooper, OutServe-SLDN Virginia Chapter Leader
For the past 18 months I have been stationed onboard Pre-Commissioning Detachment/Unit USS ARLINGTON (LPD 24). I used to be one of those people who took U.S. Navy ships for granted. Get orders, go to a new command—for the most part it seems simple. However, for me it has not been so simple.
Capital Pride Announces Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith as One of the Grand Marshals of the 2013 Pride ParadeJune 5, 2013 | OutServeMag
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.”
As we move forward in our fight for full equality in our military, it is important to put faces with names and share the stories of the families being affected by the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Our military families are important to us all, as they are the backbone of support to the service member serving to ensure our rights and freedom. OutServe Magazine first met Zachary Evans-Nethers when he volunteered to be on our staff. His ability to manage family life, a full-time job, and volunteer for us, all while pursuing a doctoral degree, amazed us! Zachary is a Captain in the U.S. Army and is married to Marshall. They have two beautiful daughters, Taylor, 11, and Emma, 6, and an adorable dog named Marley. We thank you for your dedication and service!
By Capt. Matthew Phelps, USMC
As members of the military know, a single year will often be packed with changes that most civilians can’t begin to imagine. Deployments, transfers, duty assignments, and even colleagues change for us with a regularity that would make the average person’s head spin. We are conditioned to accept change as a constant, and although we can become accustomed to it, our families often bear the burden of keeping the pace.
This issue of OutServe Magazine comes at an exciting time for our organization. Indeed, we are seeing incredible and unprecedented growth in OutServe-SLDN and in our fight for an inclusive, respectful military that honors the service and sacrifice of all …
This past weekend, Kristin Beck (formerly Chris Beck) released a memoir entitled Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL’s Journey to Coming Out as Transgender. Beck was a member of the decorated SEAL Team 6, served 20 years in the Navy, and began her transition in 2011. The book is a riveting account of both her experience in the military and her process as coming out as transgender.
Last month, the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), an advocacy organization for female service members and veterans, held its second annual Truth and Justice Summit in Washington, D.C. The event brought together over 100 advocates, supporters, and sexual assault survivors to advocate for an end to sexual violence in the military. OutServe-SLDN was a proud organizational partner to the summit.
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, …
In the past few months, same sex military partners have been part of the collective American conversation. When the Fort Bragg Spouse’s Club resorted to naked discrimination and active condescension to keep Ashley Broadway out, it was splashed all over the news. When Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta extended as many benefits as possible to married same sex partners under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the LGB community celebrated. When the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of Article III of DOMA, the plight of same sex military couples was front and center in the reasons for striking the law down.
I have the pleasure of introducing myself as I begin duties as the new Director of Chapter and Member Services. I am very excited about this position, which I am assuming after proudly serving a 26-year career in the U.S. Army. I cannot think of a more important and meaningful way to continue to serve others than to work on behalf of LGBT service members, veterans, and our families. I am very grateful to have this opportunity and I look forward to working closely with each of you as we continue to advance the important work of OutServe-SLDN.
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!