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In October of 2009 an email was sent by an active duty officer to several friends regarding harrassment he was receiving under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.  Within a week, the same friends had launched a website, citizensforrepeal.com which focused on sharing personal stories of people affected by the policy.  The same group started an online facebook group that was growing by several hundred a day. In March of 2010, Citizens For Repeal (CFR) began to take some of the stories on the road to speak at colleges and high schools regarding the DADT policy. After these experiences, CFR began to realize there was a serious lack of representation of LGBT active duty in the discussion to repeal DADT.  In order to combat this, CFR started using hidden social media to connect LGBT active duty.In June the Denver Post released a letter from CFR critisizing the Pentagon for the lack of including LGBT active duty in the process (http://www.denverpost.com/commented/ci_15256223?source=commented-news)  This letter received national attention and caught the eye of Senator Udall (D-CO).  Shortly after, CFR made the front page again of the Denver Post after facilitating active duty to the media to tell their stories.  It had then become clear a new national organization was needed to facilitate active duty on the national scene.In July of 2010, CFR decided to rebrand as OutServe, the underground network of LGBT active duty.  OutServe joined the national scene quickly, as it provided LGBT active duty to the media at an unprecidented rate.  Within weeks OutServe began working on the Pentagon’s study to repeal DADT as it was the largest facilitator of the RAND study to survey gay servicemembers.Up to the repeal signing by the President in December, OutServe continued to aggressively push active duty in the media and launching new campaigns such as videos that featured straight servicemembers deployed speaking on why DADT needed to be repealed.   OutServe’s staff was invited to the Presidential signing of the bill in December.Currently OutServe is the leader in providing public information regarding the implementation training. It will continue to grow as a social and professional support organization for LGBT active duty. OutServe has now connected over 2,600 LGBT servicemembers via hidden social media and has over 40 worldwide chapters including Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Next Edition to Appear in Print at Selected Military BasesWASHINGTON, DC, March 27, 2011 – OutServe, the underground network of over 2,900 LGBT military personnel, announced today the launch of a worldwide publication for gay military members.The magazine contains features about DADT repeal implementation and OutServe chapters, as well as other information of interest to currently-serving LGBT military members.“Our first objective with the magazine is to let all the gay, lesbian, bi, and trans members currently serving know that they are not alone,” said OutServe’s co-director, an active-duty officer who goes by the pseudonym JD Smith. “And we also want to communicate to all troops that there are capable gay military members serving honorably, and that accepting that and moving on will make our military stronger.”“Our goal is to have our next version available in print, at some of the larger military bases,” he continued. “Visibility is key. We are not about highlighting our differences, but demonstrating how LGBT troops are proud soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coasties, and Marines just like everyone else.”The magazine can be downloaded at:  http://www.outserve.org/media/OutServeMag_Apr2011.pdf
Prospective advertisers should contact news@outserve.org.###OutServe is an underground network of actively serving members of the United States Armed Services who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The organization is led by an active-duty member who goes by the pseudonym of JD Smith and civilian Co-Director Ty Walrod. For more information, go to www.outserve.org.