We have members in military bases from all over the US, Afghanistan, Korea, Cuba,Guam, Europe, and expect to have more soon. Our members represent the Army,Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marines. We are all especially committed to ourTrans members, formerly known as the OutServe Trans group, and to gaining full equality for them in the US Armed Forces.
The leadership of SPART*A is listed as:
Carl Able, USMC
OutServe-SLDN's Legal Services Statement
Karl Alvarez, Air Force veteran
Jase Daniels, US Navy
Tanya Domi, Army veteran
Tania Dunbar, US Army
Christopher Hooper, US Navy
Jeremy Johnson, Navy veteran
Mark Mazzone, US Army
Beth Schissel, Air Force veteran
Julianne Sohn, Marine Corps veteran
Brynn Tannehill, Navy veteran
As we have publicly stated in recent days, OutServe-SLDN is transitioning to a membership-focused organization. One of the more significant changes we are making as part of the organization’s transformation is changing how we provide legal services. Importantly, we intend to continue to serve as a resource to service members and veterans seeking legal advice relating to legal issues involving LGBT military service.
The way that we will accomplish this is through building our existing partnerships with law firms, lawyers and other legal services organizations. From the perspective of service members and veterans, if you need such legal assistance, you will contact OutServe-SLDN as you would have done before. Our legal intake will be staffed by volunteers who will respond to your inquiries. Someone will call you to answer questions about the nature of the legal advice or assistance you are seeking, and if a referral can be made, you will be contacted directly by the lawyer or organization who will assist you.
We’re thrilled with SPARTA’s emergence as a support network for active-duty LGBT members of the military — and their family and allies. We’ve always believed in the idea of “nothing about us without us” — that those most impacted by decisions and rules and laws should be the ones driving advocacy. SPARTA has emerged at the right time — when the growing pains in the military after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” require vigilance, when transgender members of the military still cannot serve openly, and when we still lack non-discrimination protections in the military to protect against discrimination while serving. There is much work ahead, we’re glad that active-duty members of the military will be driving that work, and we look forward to working with anyone who is actively and urgently pushing the federal government to see them as full human beings, deserving equal protection under the law.
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