Lesbian military officer to be honored with Advocacy Award

Brigadier General Tammy Smith (

Brigadier General Tammy Smith (Photo: John Bauguess)


Workplace advocates Out & Equal will hold their 6th annual gala on April 25 to celebrate heroes of the LGBT equality movement. ‘Momentum’ will be staged at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco with Brigadier General Tammy Smith, the highest ranking openly lesbian officer in the US military, receiving the organization’s Advocacy Award.

The event aims to build on the current acceleration in discussion on LGBT equality and celebrate advances made in the prior year, according to Witherington. However, he warned that equality in marriage was not the “last barrier,” as current discourse may imply. In advance of their event, Out & Equal will host a 2-day symposium aimed at bringing together LGBT executives. This will be a forum for a group which is “often without peer support” and will offer a chance for attendees to discuss what it means to be an LGBT leader.

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