OutServe-SLDN name first director
WASHINGTON, D.C. — OutServe, the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) have tapped Army veteran Allyson Robinson to lead the newly combined organization, which will be known as OutServe-SLDN. The two organizations finalized their merger at the beginning of the month. The plan to join was announced in July.
Robinson, who is transgender, is a 1994 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. She was commissioned as an officer and served with distinction before resigning her commission in 1999 to pursue a calling to Christian ministry. She subsequently served as pastor-teacher to churches in the Portuguese Azores and central Texas and earned a master of divinity degree in theology from Baylor University in 2007. Most recently, she was the first Deputy Director for Employee Programs of the HRC Foundation’s Workplace Project. She lives with her wife of 18 years and their four children in Gaithersburg, Md.
“I am honored to lead the new OutServe-SLDN into this next phase of advocacy and action on behalf of our brave LGBT service members, veterans, and their families. Until they are guaranteed equal opportunity, recognition, support, and benefits, our mission is incomplete. We cannot and will not leave them behind,” said Robinson.
NOM strategist turns hate into $
WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), National Organization for Marriage strategist Frank Schubert is making substantial profits at the expense of LGBT Americans. Schubert is the man behind NOM’s misleading ads that advocate against LGBT equality. Public filings show that he has netted nearly $3 million this year for his work in five states where marriage equality has been put up for vote. The profits go to Schubert’s company, Mission Public Affairs.
Schubert collected $958,594 for his anti-equality work on N.C.’s Amendment One earlier this year. In the remaining four states, Schubert has collected $967,567.88 in Washington; $492,680 in Maryland; $303,307.69 in Minnesota; and $200,043.46 in Maine.
“Frank Schubert is making a lucrative living off of promoting discrimination against LGBT Americans,” said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz. “As he gets richer, hundreds of thousands of LGBT Americans face economic hardship, enormous obstacles in starting families and an inability to marry the person they love — all because of Schubert’s lies.”
Lesbian minister wins in PCUSA court
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The highest judicial commission of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has ruled that the Rev. Laurie McNeill did not violate the denomination’s constitution by marrying her same-sex partner in 2009. The General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission, headquartered here, held that since there is no direct evidence proving sexual activity, McNeill may still serve as a Teaching Elder or Minister within the church.
McNeill married her partner Lisa Lynn Gollihue while vacationing in Massachusetts. A few months later she was voted out by the congregation of the Central Presbyterian Church in Newark, N.J., where she served on staff. The church maintains it was due to personnel matters, specifically leadership and administrative abilities, but McNeill observed, “I think the congregation could have lived with me being gay. Announcing I was married pushed it over the edge.”
At the 220th General Assembly of the PCUSA, delegates declined to amend the denomination’s official definition of marriage from a “man and a woman” to “two people.” Instead, the Assembly called for additional study.
More LGBT depictions on TV
NEW YORK, N.Y. — GLAAD, the nation’s LGBT media watchdog, recently issued Where We Are on TV, a comprehensive review of scripted LGBT primetime characters in the new 2012-2013 television season. After a decrease last year, the number of regular LGBT characters on broadcast networks has risen to the highest ever recorded, while the overall LGBT character count also increased on cable television.
According to the report, ABC has 10 out of 194 of their regular characters identifying as LGBT. Fox is in second with six LGBT characters out of 118 total series regulars. The CW will feature four regular LGBT characters out of 81 total, while NBC will feature seven regular LGBT characters out of 166. CBS will feature four LGBT characters out of 142 series regulars, an improvement over last year.
The report also calculates the ethnic and racial diversity of all scripted regular characters on primetime broadcast television and found an increase in the number of Black characters while Latino/a representations declined.