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OutServe-S​LDN Leaders Demand Removal of Josh Seefried After Allyson Robinson Coup d’état

OutServe-SLDN chapter leaders are demanding the removal of Josh Seefreid (above) from their board and expecting his resignation immediately after a possible transphobic coup d’état in which he sneakily orchestrated the removal of Executive Director Allyson Robinson for his own benefit

Bil Browning of The Bilerico Project originally broke the story when he came into possession on a leaked email of the coup by Seefreid sent to BP.  Robinson was the only transgender leader of a major LGBT organization that is not specifically trans-related.

Although no one would speak on the record about the reasons for the board’s decision to seek Robinson’s resignation, sources familiar with the board’s decision expressed the possibility of anti-transgender bias.

The coalition of chapter leaders is demanding that Seefried step down from the leadership of the organization, saying his recent actions have “damaged OS-SLDN’s reputation as a leader in the LGBT community and as an advocate for the transgender military community.”

The chapter leaders’ mutiny comes as no surprise, however, since over a dozen leaders had previously demanded to see items from the board meeting that led to Robinson’s ouster – including board minutes, financial statements, and more; claiming they controlled a large chunk of the membership, the coalition threatened to bolt if the org’s leadership didn’t provide the documents. But chapter leaders weren’t happy with what was provided prompting one source involved to call the documents “obviously massaged data.”

Seefried was also in the news recently along publicly criticizing San Francisco Pride after the announcement that trans identifying wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning was “mistakenly” chosen as Grand Marshall.

STATEMENT FROM THE COALITION OF CHAPTER LEADERS

This week, OutServe-SLDN’s mission of full equality in the military was set back by the abrupt attempt to dismiss Executive Director Allyson Robinson. The cause was attributed to the current financial state of the organization, but that crisis was never disclosed to the general membership, nor was a call to action asking for help. Two statements were released three days after initial leaks reported these events.

This entire episode has damaged OS-SLDN’s reputation as a leader in the LGBT community and as an advocate for the transgender military community. Donors and sponsors have indicated that Allyson’s loss makes them think twice about contributing to our organization. The loss of key board members and staff who resigned in protest due to the Board’s method of approaching Allyson has damaged OS-SLDN’s operational capability.

In sum, this episode was the result of a reckless attempt to save money without considering the consequences and it has had a clear detrimental impact on the organization, including our future ability to advocate effectively for the LGB and transgender military communities.

It is our view, after reviewing the situation and options available, that the best way forward is to address the problems within the leadership. We will be asking for the resignation of Josh Seefried, Co-Chair of the OS-SLDN Board of Directors and coordinator of the process that led to requesting Allyson’s resignation.

If OS-SLDN is to survive, we need change immediately. We need transparency and honesty. We need clear communication that comes from the top of the organization and directly addresses the membership.

We need to react and repair the damage that has been done by the Board of Directors.

OS-SLDN is a membership-based organization. Without the members, it cannot exist. We are committed to improving this by ensuring that membership has an ever-present voice and the opportunity to participate in the governance of OS-SLDN.

Most importantly, we are unequivocally dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America’s military, veterans, and our families, to include ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity

 

OutServe to Hold 1st Convention for Gay Military Personnel in Las Vegas

My oh my. How far we’ve come in just the past six months. This could have never happened just two years ago. As John Aravois over at AMERICAblogGay points out, notice that one of the sponsors is the CIA, and that’s NOT the Culinary Institute of America. From the AP:

The nation’s only professional group for active-duty gay military personnel is holding its first conference in Las Vegas this weekend, an event only made possible by the recent lifting of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prohibited gay and lesbian troops from serving openly in the armed forces.

The OutServe Leadership Summit is designed to highlight the diversity of gays in the military and the challenges they face, and marks the largest gathering of gay troops in one location since the ban was lifted last month. OutServe is a formerly clandestine network of gay and lesbian service members that lobbied the Pentagon to support repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

The four-day conference kicked off Thursday at the New York, New York hotel/casino with private meetings for leaders of the group’s 48 chapters around the world. At least 215 service members, veterans and civilian supporters — registration was capped to make the event manageable — have signed up to mingle and to attend panel discussions that range from marriage and the push to secure benefits for gay military spouses to post-military careers and the remaining ban on transgender troops. The CIA is among the event’s sponsors, and other scheduled workshops include topics such as Scriptures and Homosexuality.

WTF? Gay Military Groups OutServe and Knights Out Will Support Removal Of DADT Repeal From Defense Authorization Act

Simply incredible and moronic.

Politico is reporting that today that  two gay military groups will announce today that they’d support breaking off DADT repeal if doing so would help the defense authorization act pass – but they’ll keep pushing for repeal in the lame-duck Congress, Morning Defense has learned.

The statement from the groups OutServe and Knights Out is just one prong in a complex offensive planned for lawmakers’ return to Washington this week, organizers said.

“On behalf of the more than 1,000 active duty gay and lesbian service members and 500 gay and lesbian veterans we represent, we respectfully urge Congress to pass the FY 2011 National Defense Authorization Act to fund the aircraft, weapons, combat vehicles, ammunition and promised pay-raises for all troops, whether or not the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell is included,” the statement will say. “To be clear, we will continue to fight for our integrity as gay and lesbian service members and we hope that legislative action in Congress can be taken in 2010 to lift the ban.”

Simply mind boggling and extremely stupid. 

NOW is not the time to game change and go into a “complex offensive” with a very short lame duck session.  And if the DADT Repeal language iwere removed are they really niave enough to trust or expect Congress to have the time and votes to pass it as a stand alone?

This is just further proof that ANYONE can run a gay rights group, and do it badly at that.