Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and OutServe announce merger

SLDN and OutServe announce mergerBY TheSeattleLesbian.com

The boards of directors of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and OutServe have announced the intent to combine the two organizations into a single organization by October 2012 with a new name and a newly configured board of directors led by a representative from each existing organization. In the intervening period, the boards and staff of both organizations will focus on unifying the two administratively, financially and organizationally.

To watch the video released about the announcement, click here.

“SLDN has enjoyed a close working relationship with OutServe and its leaders from the beginning. Indeed, their voices, though anonymous at the time, were an integral part of the fight to repeal the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law. Since repeal, we’ve worked even more closely together and in doing so, it has become more and more clear that our shared mission—representing actively serving military and veterans, as well as fighting to achieve full LGBT equality in the military—is better accomplished by uniting the two organizations and working together as one on behalf of the brave men and women of our armed forces,” said SLDN Board of Directors Co-Chair Mike Magee.

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