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OutServe Magazine | January 17, 2015

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A Life of Service

June 11, 2013 | Comments
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Eagle Scout with Silver Palm

Air Force medical Service Technician

Trauma Nurse

Member of FEMA’s Disaster Medical Response Team, deployed after hurricanes Allison, Katrina and Rita

Coast Guard Auxiliary Volunteer

Medical services officer on Navy ships deployed six times in eight years

Trans woman

Some people seem born for service, moving through life at the tip of the spear while managing to support the ones around them who need it most. Nicole Shounder is one of those people. Read More

Impacts of Nondisclosure

March 25, 2013 |
Impacts of Nondisclosure

The consequences of staying in the closet


“I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse.”
– Oscar Wilde

LGBT rights have been improving for years now. In many Western cultures, homosexuality is no longer illegal and is becoming more socially acceptable. In some cases, equality at various levels is well on its way. Even many traditionally conservative organizations, such as the U.S. military, are allowing openly gay personnel to serve. Yet we continue to see and hear about many instances of people choosing to remain in the closet and keeping their identity hidden. Read More

Remembering Charlie Morgan

February 10, 2013 | Comments
Charlie Morgan

The following article, “One Couple in the Fight for Life,” first appeared on the website in May of 2012. In light of this morning’s news of her passing, we would like to honor Charlie with a rededication of ourselves to her cause and a committment to broadcasting her legacy. Send your condolences to her family here. Read More

Navy Couple Recounts Tough Decisions

February 7, 2013 | Comments
Morgan Wade

Reserve recruiters dream of people like Morgan Wade walking into their office. She had a sterling service record, was on the fast track to chief petty officer, and qualified in a field where the demand for skilled individuals is high. Top it off with a clear background check and a clean bill of health, and it should be easy, right?Read More

Patrick Murphy: A Force Behind DADT Repeal

February 6, 2013 | Comments
Patrick Murphy

I asked Murphy why he succeeded where others hadn’t… His first answer was simple and humble: “You either believe in equality or you don’t. You’re either willing to fight for it or not.”Read More

2012 Election: A Trifecta for LGBTs

February 6, 2013 |
2012 election

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing—after they’ve tried everything else.” – Winston ChurchillRead More

Make the Yuletide Gay

December 17, 2012 | Comments

Tis the season. These OutServe-SLDN members are showing their pride at various holiday events around the world. And let’s not forget those who cannot celebrate with us today.Read More

Traversing CENTCOM: Not for the Faint of Heart

December 5, 2012 | Comments

…it was never lost on me that in those nations I would be in danger if I appeared to be gay. Even in liberal Bahrain, where I went to clubs and bars with other Marines and Sailors, I was constantly aware of the risks associated with being outed…Read More

Cover Story: Allyson Robinson

December 3, 2012 | Comments
Allyson Robinson, her wife Danyelle and their four children at their home in Maryland. Photo taken by Jo Ann Santangelo for her multimedia essay, Proud to Serve: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veterans.

“We need to continue to press for equity of benefits for all of our service members … Many of these benefits can be given with the stroke of a pen, right now.”Read More

First Gay Weddings Held at West Point

December 1, 2012 | Comments

West Point was atwitter with love today having hosted its second lesbian couple to legally marry on the hallowed military grounds within a week—the first same-sex weddings at the U.S. Military Academy since New York legalized same-sex marriage last year.Read More