DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL & RELATED May 25, 2011 13:02:48 GMT -4
Post by bluepride on May 25, 2011 13:02:48 GMT -4
OUTSERVE Announces Armed Forces Leadership Summit Las Vegas 2011
We have been counting down this announcement as it now finally appears on the OUTSERVE website - An International Conference to be held October 13-16, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada, OutServe, the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, announced today that they will host the first annual OutServe Armed Forces Leadership Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 13-16 2011 at New York-New York Hotel and Casino.
The OutServe Armed Forces Leadership Summit will provide an international forum on enhancing military readiness through encouraging an environment of respect with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. It will provide the LGBT military community a means of building professional networks, sharing best practices and formulating strategies that help build a stronger military community. The Summit will feature respected and well-known authorities speaking on a range of topics, intriguing and groundbreaking panels, and interactive workshops that address diversity as a strength.
“We believe diversity is a force multiplier, and this conference will bring together veterans, active-duty military, and other experts to help us leverage LGBT inclusion for the benefit of military readiness,” said “JD Smith,” OutServe’s active-duty co-director, who is identified by a pseudonym while “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is still in effect. “Building an environment of mutual respect is ingrained in our military values, and as active-duty soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who happen to be gay, that’s what we are working toward.”
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It's great to see more and more GLBT Military groups forming. Only they know and understand their own issues, concerns, wants and needs. They know better than any other groups. And with the repeal of DADT becoming finalized soon, (hopefully) it's great to see that these groups are taking the bull by the horns early so that when DADT is just a memory, they'll have their groups firmly established for themselves. These military personnel are resourceful, intelligent and well abled to handle their own issues rather than letting others tell them how they should be doing things. This conference will go a long way in establishing credibility for their branches and will let the military know that there are a lot of GLBT members within their ranks. Cops don't do what the military does and the military doesn't do what cops do.