Monday, November 29, 2010
OUTSERVE GOES PUBLIC WITH WORLDWIDE CHAPTER LOCATIONS
Gay Military Underground Network Has More Than 1,200 Members and 27 Chapters
WASHINGTON, DC, November 29, 2010 – OutServe, the underground network of gay and lesbian actively serving military members, today announced the worldwide locations and contact information for each of its 27 chapters, including the chapter for those based in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Making OutServe chapters available in these hopefully last critical weeks of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ debate will allow the media access to speak confidentially with gay and lesbian service members and regional OutServe leadership, who will be able to talk about their hopes and plans for a post-DADT military, one where they can serve openly and with integrity,” said JD Smith, OutServe co-director. “Post-repeal, we anticipate these chapters will serve as points of contact for military personnel who wish to reach out to actively serving gay and lesbian military members as a resource and as colleagues.”
OutServe currently has more than 1,200 members worldwide. The organization’s largest regional chapters are those in Southern California and Germany, with 110 and 83 members, respectively. OutServe’s Afghanistan/Iraq chapter has 50 members. The organization’s average chapter size is 45 members.