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SLDN And OutServe Merge Into One Group To Continue Equality Fight: VIDEO


Big news on the pro-gay military front: Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and OutServe announced this morning that they're merging into one group.

"This comes down to mission first, just as it always is in the military.  Both of these organizations recognize that they are stronger and more effective together," said Josh Seefried, co-foudnder of OutServe, which began as a simple Facebook page of closeted servicemembers a mere two years ago and grew into a leading voice in the fight against Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Seefried went on, "What began as a simple effort to tell our stories has grown into something we could never have imagined, and today's announcement that OutServe and SLDN will combine represents the next step in that evolution. Each organization brings its own strengths to the fight for full LGBT military equality, and we are stronger together."

Mike Magee, co-chair of SLDN's Board of Directors, is equally excited by the merger, saying in a press release, "Since [DADT's] 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."

AFTER THE JUMP, Seefried and SLDN executive director Aubrey Sarvis discuss the merger, which will be finalized in October.

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  1. Not surprising with less funding out there after the repeal of DADT. Both organizations had to change their missions somewhat and were smart enough not to try and compete for the same scarce resources.

    Posted by: Tom | Jul 2, 2012 9:27:09 AM

  2. Overall a good move. While SLDN will be primarily for the legal stuff, I believe that Outserve will still be a community thatwill help LGBT military members form bonds/friendships with others.

    Posted by: william | Jul 2, 2012 2:05:13 PM

  3. As a vet with not very deep pockets, SLDN has been one of the gay rights groups that I have contributed money to over the last ten years. I wish them much success in their new organization.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 3, 2012 4:11:52 AM

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