OS- SLDN Files FOIA at Fort Bragg
For immediate release: Thursday, January 17, 2013
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OutServe-SLDN Files Freedom of Information Act Request at Ft Bragg
Service members need to know if their command is working for them or against them, says Robinson
(Washington, DC) OutServe-SLDN today announced the filing of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request at Fort Bragg, seeking to obtain documents and correspondence related to the discrimination controversy that has mired the base since it was first spotlighted last month. The controversy centers on the exclusion by the Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses of Ashley Broadway, the same-sex spouse of a Lieutenant Colonel. Today’s move is the latest in a series of actions by OutServe-SLDN to ensure that Broadway - and LGBT military families throughout the armed forces - are treated just as their straight counterparts.
"Gay and lesbian military families at Fort Bragg and throughout the armed services deserve to know if their chain of command is working for them or against them. If there is a coordinated effort that would undermine the principle that every service member and his or her family should be treated impartially, our nation's leaders at the Pentagon need to know as well," said Army Veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson.
As first reported in BuzzFeed Wednesday night, the request seeks information about communications received by or sent from the North Carolina Army installation's commanding officer, Lt. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, and several others regarding "the operation, continued operation, or membership or admission policies or practices of the Club."
To read the full text of the letter, 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 OS-SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination.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.