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OutServe-SLDN Leader to Visit San Francisco Next Tuesday

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, November 8, 2012

Contact: Zeke Stokes at
202.621.5406 or zeke@outserve-sldn.org

ADVISORY: New OutServe-SLDN Executive Director to Visit San Francisco Tuesday 
Robinson will address local supporters on challenges ahead for LGBT military equality 

(San Francisco, CA) Army Veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson will be the featured speaker next Tuesday in San Francisco, CA, as local supporters of LGBT military equality gather for a fundraising reception. She will speak about the ongoing work of OutServe-SLDN to to achieve full LGBT equality in the U.S. military. Media outlets are invited to attend. Robinson will also be available for phone interviews or other media appearances during the visit to San Francisco.

WHAT: Fundraising Reception to Support OutServe-SLDN
WHEN: Tuesday, November 13, 2012: 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
RSVP: Media should RSVP to Zeke Stokes at zeke@outserve-sldn.org

Robinson was announced as the first Executive Director of the newly formed OutServe-SLDN last month.

“I am honored to lead the new OutServe-SLDN into this next phase of advocacy and action on behalf of our brave LGBT service members, veterans, and their families. Until they are guaranteed equal opportunity, recognition, support, and benefits, our mission is incomplete. We cannot and will not leave them behind,” said Robinson, who departed her position at Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to take the helm of the new organization.

A native of Scranton, PA, 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 advisor 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. She lives with her wife of 18 years and their four children in Gaithersburg, MD.

For more information on Robinson or the combination of OutServe and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network into a single organization, visit www.outserve-sldn.org.

Admission to the event starts at $25 for Junior Officer and Enlisted Military. For more information, visit www.outserve-sldn.org/sf2012.

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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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