Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Leader For Gay Military Group

Army veteran Allyson Robinson has been tapped to lead the newly combined gay & lesbian military orgs Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) & OutServe. Robinson who leaves her position at Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to take the helm of the new org stated, “I am honored to lead the new OutServe-SLDN into this next phase of advocacy & action on behalf of our brave LGBT service members, veterans & their families. Until they are guaranteed equal opportunity, recognition, support & benefits, our mission is incomplete. We cannot & will not leave them behind.” 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 & commanded PATRIOT missile units in Europe & the Middle East. She also served as a senior trainer/evaluator for NATO & 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 & 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 she was the first Deputy Director for Employee Programs of the HRC Foundation’s Workplace Project. She lives with her wife of 18 years & their four children in Gaithersburg, MD.
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