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MSNBC Profiles Trans Minister and Former Outserve_SLDN Director Allyson Robinson: VIDEO

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Allyson Robinson, the former executive director of Outserve_SLDN who became one fo the few openly trans pastors in the U.S. when she was ordained in July at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., is speaking out about her journey to personal and spiritual fulfilment in a new profile video for MSNBC.

Said Robinson:

What I see happening in the church today is a restoration of balance - and that radical welcome, those open arms being given, restored to their proper place in the expression of God's people in the world...if you want to know what the future of the kingdom of God on Earth lookls like, it looks like more of this. 

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Transgender LGBT Advocate Allyson Robinson Ordained Baptist Minister - VIDEO

LGBT advocate and army veteran Allyson Robinson became one of the few openly transgender pastors in the U.S. when she was ordained last month at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., reports Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

6a00d8341c730253ef019103bcd4ff970c-800wiSharon Groves, HRC’s Director of Religion and Faith Program, said:

"We at HRC who have had the privilege of working with her for years are excited to see her gifts put to good use at Calvary Baptist Church.

"Allyson Robinson is a born preacher and pastor who inspires everyone she meets. I have had the privilege of working closely with her and with Calvary Baptist Church, which is leading to new conversations among Baptists and all people of faith. Together they are one powerful combination.  

"As summer comes to an end and families are coming back to church after their summer break, they would do well to check out the prophetic ministry happening at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C."

Last year, Robinson featured in and acted as a consultant on web-funded series TransMilitary, which focused on the unique struggles of transgender service members on active duty. She was the first transgender leader of a national LGBT rights organization until she was asked last year to resign as executive director of LGBT military group Outserve_SLDN.

Robinson is also founder of boutique consulting firm Warrior Poet Strategies and Vice President at LGBT Tech Partnership.

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'TransMilitary' Web Series Highlights the Contrast Between US and UK Policies on Trans Service Members: VIDEO

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Back in August, we previewed TransMilitary, the web-funded series focusing on the unique struggles of transgender service members on active duty. Now a second clip has been released, this one showcasing the contrast between U.S. transgender military personnel serving under the threat of discharge while their U.K. counterparts serve openly as equals within their armed forces. 

Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 11.58.04 AMInterviewees include former Executive Director of OutServe-SLDN Allyson Robinson, who also serves as a consultant on the series, and U.K. transgender activist Jacqui Gavin.

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This developing web series, produced by Tony award-winning producer Gregory Rae, Fiona Dawson, Tyrus Emory, and Zeke Stokes, and hosted by Dawson, aims to look at transphobia in America and plans to bring into focus the discrimination faced by some of those serving our country.

To find out more about the web series and its funding, visit the website HERE.

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New Web Series Opens a Window into the Lives of Transgender Military Service Members: VIDEO

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TransMilitary, a new web series featuring the lives of transgender service members on active duty premiered today, as mainstream news tackled, sometimes with many questions, the story of Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley) and her announcement that she planned to transition.

MilitaryThe plight of transgender service members has for many years been overshadowed by the struggle to defeat the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, but trans service members are still not allowed to serve openly.

The new web series, produced by Tony award-winning producer Gregory Rae, Fiona Dawson, Tyrus Emory, and Zeke Stokes, and hosted by Dawson, will look at transphobia in America and plans to bring into focus the discrimination faced by some of those serving our country.

Interviewed in the first episode are Bryce Celotto, a currently serving transgender soldier risking discharge with his participation, and former Executive Director of OutServe-SLDN Allyson Robinson, who also serves as a consultant on the series.

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Many Questions Remain in Ousting of Outserve-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson

Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade does a good job at summarizing the chaos over at Outserve-SLDN, where executive director Allyson Robinson, the first trans leader of a national LGBT organization, was reportedly forced by the board to resign:

RobinsonAccording to anonymous sources in Bilerico and Buzzfeed, reasons given to oust her ranged from a lack of ability to fundraise after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal in addition to jealousy and anti-transgender bias. No source said anything on the record.

The board statement says OS-SLDN faces “real and significant” financial obstacles and has forced the board to consider “cutting costs and staffing reductions.” Still, Robinson late last year received $50,000 from the Arcus Foundation as the first grant under its “New Leadership” program.

OutServe-SLDN faced the prospect of having to restructure following repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which was a major goal of its parent organizations: OutServe and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. Since her start at the organization, Robinson had emphasized partner benefits for gay troops, membership expansion and non-discrimination in the military.

Allyson Robinson posted this statement on the Outserve Magazine:

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LGBT Military Group Outserve-SLDN Fires Executive Director; Staff, Board Resignations Follow

Following a reported internal power struggle, the complete details of which have yet to be divulged, Allyson Robinson, the executive director of LGBT military group Outserve-SLDN and the first trangender leader of a national LGBT rights organization, was asked to resign on Saturday. Robinson had been leading the organization for nine months.

RobinsonSeveral senior staffers at the organization - director of external relations Zeke Stokes, Gary Espinas, the director of chapter and member services - have also reportedly resigned, along with at least three board members - Sue Fulton, Matthew Phelps and Beth Schissel. Legal Director David McKean has technically resigned but says he will stay with the organization "until I can determine how to resolve matters related to client representation in accordance with legal ethics rules and requirements."

Buzzfeed reports:

The board co-chair, Josh Seefried, has been accused by the board member who resigned in protest, Sue Fulton, of having “rushed this vote through” on Saturday.

Seefried, however, would not comment, saying only, “We can’t talk right now. We have some internal issues to deal with first, then will be updating the community.”

Asked about the decision, Robinson would only tell BuzzFeed, “It would be inappropriate for me to comment at this time.”

...Saturday’s move came at a regularly scheduled board meeting, with no advance notice of the plans to seek Robinson’s resignation and only after the board spent several hours in executive session.

UPDATE: Chris Johnson at the Washington Blade sums up the ongoing chaos regarding reports on Robinson's ouster, none of which anyone at the organization has yet clarified.


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