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UPDATE: Fort Bragg Leadership Schedules Meeting Amid Discrimination Controversy

For immediate release:
Friday, December 14, 2012

Contact: Zeke Stokes at 202-621-5406, zeke@outserve-sldn.org (OutServe-SLDN) 
or Lauren Lamoly at 978-595-4885, lauren@militarypartners.org (AMPA)

Fort Bragg Leadership Will Meet With Ashley Broadway Amid Discrimination Controversy
American Military Partner Association, OutServe-SLDN Release Joint Statement 

(Washington, DC) The American Military Partner Association (AMPA) and OutServe-SLDN, the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, released the following statement regarding the ongoing controversy at Fort Bragg surrounding the denial of membership of Ashley Broadway by the Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses.

"We are pleased to announce that the leadership at Fort Bragg - specifically, Colonel Jeffrey Sanborn, the Garrison Commander - will meet with Ashley Broadway next Thursday to address the discrimination she is facing with the Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses. By agreeing to this meeting, the post leadership is affirming that, indeed, it does have a role to play when a family in its community is treated unfairly by a group that holds itself out as representative of all military families. Ashley looks forward to discussing not only the challenges her family has faced, but those faced by other same-sex military families in the Fort Bragg community. We continue to urge Colonel Sanborn and Commanding General Daniel Allyn to use their considerable influence to remedy this situation for Ashley and pave the way for all military families at Fort Bragg to be treated with fairness, dignity, and equity."

The meeting between Broadway and Fort Bragg leadership will take place Thursday, December 20 at 10:00 a.m.

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ABOUT THE AMERICAN MILITARY PARTNER ASSOCIATION: The American Military Partner Association is the nation’s premier resource and support network for LGBT military families. Founded and led by same-sex military partners in 2009 as the Campaign for Military Partners, AMPA is leading the effort to support LGBT military families. For more information, visit www.militarypartners.org.

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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