It’s not until the tenth paragraph of a press release sent out this week by the newly-merged OutServe and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network that it is mentioned that their new executive director is a transgender female.
Instead, there is focus on Allyson Robinson being a graduate of West Point and being a former officer in the US Army. She lives in Maryland with her wife of 18 years and their children.
‘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,’ Robinson said in a statement.
Robinson left a position with the Human Rights Campaign to take the job with the group representing LGBT military personnel.
She says two big priorities are working to have the same-sex marriages of military personnel recognized by the federal government and working to make it possible for transgender people to serve.
‘Until they are guaranteed equal opportunity, recognition, support, and benefits, our mission is incomplete,’ she says. ‘We cannot and will not leave them behind.’
SLDN was founded in 1993 as a non-profit legal services, watchdog, and policy organization. It was announced last July that it would be merging with OutServe, an organization of active gay and lesbian military personnel.