North Carolinian to lead national LGBT military group
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The spouse of a Fort Bragg-based Army officer has been named president of a leading national organization for partners, spouses and families of U.S. LGBT servicemembers and veterans.
Ashley Broadway — who made news last year after a campaign to join the Fort Bragg Association of Officer’s Spouses — will lead the American Military Partner Association’s board of directors.
“I am truly honored and excited to lead such an incredible organization working to achieve full equality for LGBT service members, veterans, and their families,” Broadway said in a statement. “Whether stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, or San Diego, California, our military families sacrifice so much for our nation’s freedoms. Behind every service member is a family who serves, and AMPA is committed now more than ever to strengthening and protecting our nation’s modern military families.”
Outgoing president and AMPA founder Stephen Peters praised Broadway’s leadership.
“I can think of no person more committed to our nation’s military families than Ashley Broadway,” Peters said in a release. “There is so much more work to be done to not only gain full equality for our nation’s LGBT military families, but to strengthen and support them as they serve our nation. From working to include sexual orientation and gender identity in the Defense Department’s non-discrimination policy, to making sure our LGBT veterans and their families receive the benefits they’ve earned, Ashley is the military spouse for the job.”
According to the group’s press release:
Ashley Broadway was born in Montgomery, Alabama, but as a child she moved all over the South. After settling in Columbus, Georgia, she attended Columbus State University for her undergraduate studies and then completed her graduate degree at Troy University. It was during this time that Ashley met her spouse, Heather Mack, who was stationed at Fort Benning. In late 1997, Ashley and Heather began their life together and spent the next 14 years under the threat of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT).
After 13 years in the classroom, Ashley walked away from teaching to be a stay-at-home mom. Living in the shadows as the same-sex partner of a service member under the threat of DADT, Ashley found the Campaign for Military Partners (AMPA’s predecessor) and became a founding board member of the American Military Partner Association (AMPA). It was through AMPA that Ashley found her new passion to assist other LGBT military families by working through the existing inequalities we face.
Through her over 17 years as a military spouse, she is able to combine the traditions of the Army, while moving towards its vision of tomorrow. She is honored to serve as the President of AMPA where she leads the organization in a strategic mission of education, advocacy, and support for our modern military families.
Ashley lives near Fort Bragg, NC, where her wife Heather, a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, is currently stationed. Besides being “Momma” to their two children, she is the 2013 Fort Bragg Spouse of the Year, volunteers with Equality NC, and serves as family readiness group treasurer for Heather’s unit.
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