Outserve is hosting the first annual OutServe Armed Forces Leadership Summit in Las Vegas, Hundreds of gay and straight service members gathered in this International Conference.
Las Vegas Review Journal reports:
More than 200 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard personnel converged on New York-New York on Friday for the first-ever convention for active-duty gays and lesbians in the U.S. military. The three-day conference falls on the heels of last month’s repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
As a memento of the occasion, sponsors of OutServe, the association of actively serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military personnel, handed out camouflage-colored buttons with the word “Tell” in white letters.
“It’s the final frontier for the civil rights movement,” said Kody Parsons, a senior airman from Travis Air Force Base, who offered his perspective as a gay man from Chico, Calif. He recently returned from an overseas combat deployment where he provided stress counseling to soldiers .
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