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OutServe’s Josh Seefried Thanks LGBT Servicemembers for their ‘Acts of Bravery’

Josh SeefriedPost submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

For two years under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Josh Seefried – a gay first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force – helped connect LGBT servicemembers via hidden social media using the pseudonym JD Smith.

That organization of actively serving LGBT military personnel came to be known as OutServe. Now, with DADT officially in the dustbin of history, Seefried has collected the powerful stories of his fellow LGBT servicemembers in an anthology called Our Time: Breaking the Silence of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.

Our Time EventLast night HRC celebrated Our Time’s paperback release by hosting a reception at our D.C. headquarters. Seefried thanked contributors in attendance for their “acts of bravery” in sharing their stories.

According to Seefried, some 60 to 70 percent of OutServe members surveyed have come out to someone in their unit since the repeal of DADT, though much work remains to be done.

This fall OutServe will join forces with Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) to continue that work to ensure all military personnel can serve openly and equally.

HRC members and supporters played a critical role in ending DADT. Learn more here.

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