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OS-SLDN National Dinner Set for March 9 in Washington, DC

For immediate release:
February 12, 2013

Contact: Zeke Stokes at
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OutServe-SLDN National Dinner Set for March 9 in Washington, DC
Robinson will deliver first “State of LGBT Military Service” address before crowd of LGBT service members, veterans, family members, and allies

(WASHINGTON DC) The 2013 OutServe-SLDN National Dinner will take place at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC on Saturday, March 9, 2013. The organization’s Executive Director, Army veteran Allyson Robinson, will deliver her first “State of LGBT Military Service” address to set the stage for an evening expected to draw a thousand service members, veterans, families, and allies.

“The repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was not the end of our fight for full equality in the military; it was just the beginning. We have a lot of work ahead of us: overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), winning nondiscrimination protections for LGBT service members, and eliminating barriers to service so that all qualified Americans who wish to wear the uniform can do so with honor and pride. The great accomplishments of the first 100 days since our merger have proven we really are stronger together. To achieve our goals and represent LGBT service members, veterans, and their families in the way their sacrifice deserves, we will need to be stronger still,” said Robinson today, sounding themes she is expected to emphasize in her address.

The March 9 dinner is the first national event for OutServe-SLDN, formed last year by the combination of OutServe and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. In addition to Robinson’s address, the event will spotlight three finalists for OutServe Chapter of the Year and will culminate with an announcement of this year’s award winner. Currently, OutServe-SLDN boasts more than 55 chapters and 6000 members worldwide and represents an estimated 67,000 LGBT military personnel serving today.

The evening will also include a tribute to Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard, who passed away on Sunday following a battle with cancer.

Among the special guests scheduled to appear are former Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-PA); reality television stars and winners of CBS’s The Amazing Race, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge (The Fabulous Beekman Boys); Washington Post opinion writer and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart; and the first same-sex couple to wed in the West Point Cadet Chapel, Sue Fulton and Penelope Gnesin. Additional special guests will be announced soon.

Tickets are available at www.outserve-sldn.org/2013dinner.

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.

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