USNA Out

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USNA Out
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The international maritime OSCAR signal flag - indicating "Man overboard" - with Trident
Motto Changing Minds & Lives of Alumni & Midshipmen
Formation 2003 in San Francisco
Type 501(c)(3)
Legal status Non Profit Public Benefit Corporation
Purpose/focus Philanthropic
Headquarters Annapolis, MD, United States
Membership c. 350
Chairman of the Board Randy Henderson '69
Staff 1 full time/0 paid
Website USNAOut.org

USNA Out is an American non-profit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Alumni of the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. USNA Out is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that does not represent the Naval Academy Alumni Association nor the U. S. Naval Academy. USNA Out is the first LGBT organization representing alumni from a federal service academy.

History[edit]

The group was initially formed in 2003 when 32 LGBT alumni of the Naval Academy petitioned the USNA Alumni Association for special status as a non-geographic chapter of the Alumni Association, similar to the special status of the association's RV chapter. The initial request was rejected on multiple grounds.[1][2]

The organization continued to increase membership and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in the State of Maryland in September, 2009. In November 2009 USNA Out realigned the leadership structure to support the growing membership of over 300.[3] The organization now comprises an unofficial "affinity group" among the U. S. Naval Academy Alumni. The organization incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in the State of Maryland in September 2009.

On December 22, 2010, USNA Out founding member Commander Zoe Dunning, USNR (Ret.), stood beside President Barack Obama as he signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010.[4]

Mission[edit]

USNA Out provides a path for "reconnection" for the many GLBT USNA alumni who have over time been disassociated from the U. S. Naval Academy and the USNA Alumni Association because of their sexuality or gender identity. By maintaining visibility, the members of the organization become role models for current Midshipmen, parents and family of midshipmen and for other alumni serving in the fleet.[5]

Although many USNA Out members worked to end to the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, political activism was not within the mission of the organization.[3]

Outreach[edit]

In 2007, USNA Out began the "OUT of ANNAPOLIS Project" with a goal of putting human faces and personalities to the LGBT alumni. The project included a detailed study of the alumni to establish who the alumni were as a group. It also included online profiles numerous alumni for the purpose of becoming "role models" for current midshipmen at the academy and junior officers in the fleet.[6] In June, 2008, the OUT of ANNAPOLIS Project expanded to include a documentary film by the project title, OUT of ANNAPOLIS.[7][8][9] The film produced and directed by Steve Clark Hall[10] opened at the SVA Theater in New York in June, 2010.[7]

One of the more revealing facts from the OUT of ANNAPOLIS study was the that only one in six of those who enter the academy identify as LGBT at the time they enter.[11] The remaining 83% re-identify as LGBT while at the academy, in the fleet, or as civilians after completion of their service.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Naval Academy Alumni Disallow Gay Chapter". Los Angeles Times. 2003-12-06. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Academy alumni reject gay group". Baltimore Sun. 2003-12-06. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 
  3. ^ a b "USNA Out". USNAOut.org. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  4. ^ Bacon, Jr., Perry (2010-12-22). "Obama signs DADT repeal before big, emotional crowd". Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  5. ^ "USNA Out Mission". USNAOut.org. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  6. ^ "USNA Out Faces Project". USNAOut.org. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  7. ^ a b "OUT of ANNAPOLIS". USNAOut.org. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 
  8. ^ Marech, Rona (2008-12-21). "USNA alumni asking and telling". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  9. ^ Kelly, Earl (2009-01-27). "Film documents gay life at Naval Academy". The Annapolis Capital. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  10. ^ Out of Annapolis (2010) at the Internet Movie Database
  11. ^ "OUT of ANNAPOLIS". OutofAnnapolis.com. Retrieved 2011-01-17. 

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