Celebrating our 11th Year

Changing Minds & Lives of Alumni & Midshipmen

We are the association of proud United States Naval Academy alumni who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender joined by our supporters and friends. As one of the more organized Shared Interest Groups of Academy alumni, we strive to provide a path for “reconnection” to the many GLBT USNA alumni who have over time been disassociated from the Academy and the USNA Alumni Association because of their sexuality or gender identity. We also are dedicated to doing our part to support the mission of the Academy to strengthen the margin of excellence in the development and training of our nation's future leaders, particularly to ensure the dignity and respect of all who serve.

We understand the various phases and levels of being “out” .. first to yourself, then perhaps close friends, peers, parents, your professors and coach, your wardroom, to your division or squad, your office or to the world. Despite “Out” in our name, you don’t need to be out to join us. What matters is that you are you. Some of our members are still questioning, and many members are allies. Some registered members have opted to remain hidden from other members on our roster, but still have full access to our site and communications. USNA Out welcomes all USNA Alumni and other eligible individuals to join us. If you are not yet ready to join as a member, you can still take comfort in knowing that there are many other alumni & midshipmen just like you.

If you are one of us, you can JOIN THE NETWORK OF OVER 300 LGBT ALUMNI AND ALLIES. Membership is open to all alumni of USNA. Associate Membership is available to USNA Faculty and Staff, Midshipmen and Parents of current and former midshipmen.
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4/25/2015 - the 2015 Alumni & Midshipmen Dinner in Annapolis

The date was announced here on our website in January, and now the invitations are out. Please RSVP as soon as you can. Early RSVPs (by 12 April) will save $20 from the regular price of $85.

To encourage maximum participation of our members and Midshipmen, the evening is a safe space for attendees.

Welcoming our new alumni members through this annual dinner has become the most significant and meaningful USNA Out event. If you are unable to attend this year's dinner, please consider making a contribution towards this year's event when you submit your RSVP so that we can keep this event a no-cost for out midshipmen associate members.

Just click the invitation below to RSVP!


April 25, 2015

Seventh Annual Midshipmen - Alumni Dinner

The Class of 2015 Dinner is Coming Soon!.

WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 5:00 to 9 pm (Tentative)
WHERE: Downtown Annapolis
COST: $85

“when two or three shall meet, and old tales be retold...” Alumni events bring us together. As USNA Out has grown, so have our opportunities to meet and network with each other.

Viewing some event details or reports requires that you are a registered and verified member of USNA Out. If you meet eligibility requirements to join us, please register on this site.

View the Long Range Planning Calendar.

The 2015 USNA Out Annual Awards Dinner

USNA Out members, please click the invitation below to visit the details page of the sixth annual midshipmen's dinner. The website will ask for your log in credentials if you are not already logged into our website.

For USNA Alumni, faculty & staff and parents who are not already members of USNA Out, please register with us here at USNA Out to access the members only portions of our website.

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11/6/2014 - USNA Out Member Greer Puckett Recipient of 2014 “Outie” Trailblazer Award

Greer Puckett '75
Accepting the Outie

USNA Out member Greer Puckett '75 is the recipient of the 2014 Outie Trailblazer Award at the 2014 Out & Equal Workplace Summit held at the Moscone Convention center in San Francisco. Five USNA Out members were present to witness Greer receiving his award and listen to Greer's remarks to the more than 3000 gala attendees.

The Out & Equal Workplace Awards (known as “Outies”‚ honor individuals and organizations who are leaders in advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in the workplace. Through these awards, Out & Equal recognizes innovative approaches and proven successes to help create safe and equitable workplaces. For a complete list of 2014 Outie award winners, please see http://www.outandequal.org/events/outie-awards/.

This Trailblazer award recognizes an LGBT person who has made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality. The awardee's activities will have made a marked improvement in their own workplace and/or have contributed to the equality nationally. Greer was selected amongst finalists from Lockheed Martin, Intuit, USAID, COnAgraFoods.

Thank you Northrup Grumman for your support and confidence in Greer!

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10/3/2014 - Navy at USAFA Weekend

At the 2012 Navy Game

USNA Out members are all invited to join our counterparts at USAFA for a weekend of fun in Colorado Springs on their "Navy Weekend" on Friday & Saturday 3-4 October.

USNA Out members see more details on the members page. Links for signing up are on the Blue-Alliance site.

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8/29/2014 - USNA Out meets the Scarlet & Gay of Ohio State University

USNA Out kicks off the 2014-2015 year with an opportunity to meet and mingle with our counterparts from the Scarlet & Gay of Ohio State University. USNA Out members read the details of this event on the members event page.

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6/6/2014 - Burning Blue

A great reason to get other USNA Outers together this weekend.. if you live in one of these metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, LA, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Diego or Washington DC.

Burning Blue, a feature film written, produced and directed by USNA Out member DMW Greer USNA '80 will be opening on movie screens throughout the country and also released on VOD.

For a list of theaters, visit http://www.burningbluefilm.com/#!theaters/cy8d

About the film

Before “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” became law, before Brokeback Mountain was a Short Story, Burning Blue was a Stage Play being performed in cities around the world. Twenty years later Burning Blue is finally an independent film.

Written in 1992 by DMW Greer USNA '80, a former Naval Aviator, the stage play of Burning Blue premiered to great critical acclaim on the London Fringe at the King’s Head Theater in early 1995 before transferring to The Theatre Royal Haymarket on the West End where the production received two Olivier Awards. Since then, it has been seen by more than 100,000 people in multiple productions around the world from Tel Aviv to Paris. Drawn from the Author's life, this funny, deeply compelling and tragic love story set against the backdrop of the US Navy was shot entirely in New York City. The roll of John in the film is played by Rob Mayes, USNA '08.

Our New York area members were able to see a preview screening at the DGA theater in New York and our SF Bay Area members had the opportunity to see the world premier at Frameline in San Francisco last June.

see more about the film: http://www.burningbluefilm.com

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6/2/2014 - The “New” Gouge for LGBT Mids, JOs & Alumni

The NEW Gouge for LGBT mids, jo's and alumni

Since 2008, when USNA Out was approached by a third class midshipman not yet a youngster desiring to join us, our online Gouge for LGBT Midshipmen has been a resource available to LBGT and questioning Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. Much of the early emphasis on the Gouge was on how to safely navigate the hazards of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which was not well understood by any of the mids. With each lesson learned, we would update the Gouge with additional guidance to keep the LGBT Midshipmen on track for a successful time at USNA and beyond. As USNA Out took on a significant role as mentors, advisors and counselors, the Gouge included more and more issues dealing with LGBT life issues, including coming out at USNA.

When “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed in 2011, 60% of the Gouge was extracted as no longer necessary. But the Gouge continued to be an important resource for the LGBT-Q midshipmen and was amended as we learned more about the difficulties of being LGBT in the fishbowl of the Naval Academy, fleet wardrooms and beyond.

Based on consistent feedback from the Mids, junior officers and alumni who have completed their service obligations, the Gouge has undergone the first major reconstruction since the end of the DADT era. The advice pages which were “themed” as all pages here at USNAOut.org have been moved to new more subtly themed web pages. The guidance is also being expanded to provide guidance beyond graduation. With the increased content volume, guidance has been broken into relevant portions to be easier to find.

Feedback is always welcome at USNA OUt. Our online guidance is very dependent on knowing the issue facing midshipmen, junior officers and alumni.

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4/15/2014 - Naval Academy LGBT Alumni Honor Class of 2014

April 15, 2014

Naval Academy LGBT Alumni Honor Class of 2014

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) alumni, midshipmen and their guests gathered here Saturday to recognize alumni and midshipmen accomplishments over the last year, commemorating seven months since repeal of the law commonly known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.

Thirty-one midshipmen of all four classes and their guests attended, along with 34 members of USNA Out – the LGBT organization of U.S. Naval Academy alumni. Sixteen of the midshipmen are seniors, who will graduate on May 29 and be the first class at Annapolis to graduate under the new policy that now allows gay, lesbian and bisexual military members to serve without fear of discharge. The new policy became effective in September 2011, a few weeks after classes resumed for the year at the academy.

Senior LGBT midshipmen who are USNA Out members organized the annual event, a tradition which began in 2009. Naval Academy faculty and staff members and representatives of the Naval Academy Alumni Association also attended at the invitation of the midshipmen. During the event, the midshipmen met with LGBT USNA alumni from classes spanning six decades, including active duty and retired officers. The dinner was hosted at the residence of an USNA Out member who resides in the Annapolis area.

Throughout the event, alumni offered their insights about the exciting careers the senior midshipmen will soon commence and also encouraged all of the midshipmen to do their best in preparing to serve as officers in the Navy and Marine Corps. Following the traditional cutting of the cake by the most senior and most junior members present (Classes of 1961 and 2017), the Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen gave the keynote address reminding the graduating class to apply their Naval Academy training when they enter the Fleet and of their unique responsibilities as leaders in the Navy. An alumnus then presented each senior with Navy ensign insignia to wear following commissioning. The insignia will symbolically remind recent graduates serving the nation that the LGBT alumni stand behind them with pride. The evening closed with a singing of the Naval Academy alma mater “Navy Blue and Gold,” led by past and present members of the Naval Academy Glee Club in attendance.

As part of the dinner, He has been a USNA Out member since its founding in 2003 and its chairman of the board since 2009.

Since 2005, individual USNA Out members have donated more than $130,000 in private contributions directly to the USNA Foundation. According to Henderson, “Even before DADT’s repeal, many USNA Out members individually supported our alma mater because we believed in its special mission to provide leaders for the Naval Service and the nation. Their donations and those like USNA Out’s help fund school programs that provide a margin of excellence beyond what the government provides. And with organizations such as USNA Out, I anticipate more alumni will rejuvenate their relationships with USNA, their classmates and other alumni. For the vast majority of alumni, USNA played a significant role in our lives.”

“According to the feedback we have received from our midshipmen members, gay and lesbian midshipmen feel more comfortable and no longer must separate their personal identity from their professional identity” said USNA Out Executive Director retired Cdr. Steve Hall, of San Francisco (USNA Class of 1975). “They now can singularly focus on being good junior officers in the fleet like all of their classmates. We think that’s good for USNA, the Navy and Marine Corps, and the country on many levels.” Hall served on active duty for 20 years and commanded two nuclear powered attack submarines during his Navy career.

USNA Out officials report that DADT repeal appears to be going without incident for alumni on active duty and for midshipmen at the academy. According to Hall “The overwhelming feedback from our alumni out in the fleet is that repeal has been implemented without problems and in those instances where gay and lesbian alumni have told shipmates, there hasn’t been a problem. I think that’s what we expected. Sailors and Marines judge our alumni based on their performance, not their orientation.”

USNA Out is an independent organization established in August 2003 following discussions by various groups of LGBT alumni about how they could become more involved as alumni of the Naval Academy. The group organized as a 501(c)(3) in late 2009.

USNA Out currently has 330 members, including 73 active duty alumni serving in the fleet. USNA Out currently counts 32 midshipmen identifying as gay, lesbian or bisexual at the Naval Academy who are official members of USNA Out. Hall added, “We know there are more gay, lesbian and bisexual midshipmen simply based on the demographics of the Naval Academy, which draws students from the population of the U.S at-large. However, identifying as LGBT is a personal decision based on many factors Regardless, we as LGBT alumni have and will continue to be there to support them.”

USNA Out’s mission and objectives are available at www.usnaout.org/mission. For more information about USNA Out, visit www.usnaout.org.

--USNA Out--

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2013 - Another Year of Strong Support to USNA

USNA Out brings 2013 to a close with another year of very strong member support of the Naval Academy. Individual and joint contributions exceeded $23,000 for the year, our second strongest ever from our members only exceeded in the celebratory year that the cruel policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ended.

In 2011, USNA Out provided the organization's first unrestricted gift to the US Naval Academy Foundation. In 2012, pooled gifts by the membership provided a $4,000 gift via the foundation to provide seed funding to the Navy Spectrum.

12/16/2013 - Remembering William Todd Park

Todd Park '85

USNA ’85

It is with great sadness that we share the word that USNA Out member Todd Park ’85 passed away tonight in Seattle. Todd was diagnosed with leukemia in February and bravely fought to the end. Todd documented many of his battles in his blog “OMT! [Oh...My...Todd!] The Leukemia Chronicles.” Although Todd beat the leukemia and was cancer free after bone marrow transplants, complications from the treatment destroyed his lungs. He posted his last blog entry on Sunday night, the “epilog,” and refused to let go until his children could arrive from Salt Lake City.

Todd came to the Naval Academy from Salt Lake City. He was a member of the 20th company. After graduation he entered flight training and became a rotary wing pilot. He left the Navy after fourteen years of service and in November 2012 moved back home to Salt Lake City where he was always eager to meet other USNA Out alumni who were passing through. Todd shared with us that he didn’t understand his sexuality when he took the oath of office as a Midshipman, and it wasn’t until after he departed the navy that he came to terms with his sexuality. Todd joined USNA Out in November 2004.

Todd Park '85

Todd wrote in his epilog:

“I spoke with a dear friend today who asked me to elicit a promise. I’d say to that person and to you all the same words of Zach Sobiek: ‘Don’t wait to find out you’re dying to start living.’ You can honor my memory that way.”

Todd was a good father, and inspirational writer and a gentle soul. Thank you, Todd, for living life to the fullest and reminding us to do the same. Fair winds and following seas our friend!

Todd has been entered into the USNA Out Memoriam.

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12/14/2013 - Army-Navy

A great tailgate
with great friends

2013 - Philadelphia

Between the high cost of visiting Philly over the Army-Navy weekend and the fact that many of our members want to participate with class and other functions before and during the game, USNA Out will not be co-sponsoring the traditional pre-game tailgate with Knights Out as we have in the past. The Knights are continuing the tradition and USNA Outers are welcome to stop by and say hello to our friends from the dark side.

The traditional Sunday Brunch will continue. Contact Joe Soto for details.

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12/5/2013 - OUT of ANNAPOLIS now VoD @USNA

an image from the opening title sequence

The USNA Out film "OUT of ANNAPOLIS" is now on the Naval Academy's Video-on-Demand (VoD) system for private viewing by Midshipmen, Faculty & Staff. Those with access to the Naval Academy's VoD system on the Yard may view the film via THIS LINK TO THE FILM.

OUT of ANNAPOLIS first screened at the Naval Academy in a yard-wide presentation in the Mahan Hall Auditorium 25 April 2011, five months before the era of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” came to an end. The film has since been used in classes and been presented in several follow up yard-wide screenings for midshipmen, faculty and staff.

For those who ask "When will OUT of ANNAPOLIS be available for the public to watch via VoD, netflix, etc," ... the answer is "as soon as we complete research on how that is done." This remains a high priority by the production crew.

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6/29/2013 - Frameline Screening of "Burning Blue"

Marc & Mike up in
the Victoria balcony

SF Bay Area USNA Out members and their friends met up at the Victoria Theater in the San Francisco Mission District for the World Premier of Burning Blue as part of Frameline 37, the San Francisco International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Burning Blue is a film adaptation of the play of the same name written by USNA Alumnus, playwright and film director David Greer '80.

Thanks to a good number of our members also being Frameline members, we were able to sit as a group in the enter orchestra, with Marc & Mike looking down upon us from the balcony. For those of us who had served on ships as midshipmen and officers, we were particularly impressed with some of the spectacular carrier and aviation footage shot included in this period piece of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" era.

David Greer '80 speaking with the
audience in the post film Q&A with producers and
an actor in a leading role, Rob Mayes USNA '08

After the screening, David took the stage of the Victoria for a lengthy and interesting Question & Answer period with the festival audience.

It was a long, long day for many, beginning with the early morning Pride Run in Golden Gate Park. As we left the theater, we found ourselves amidst the world famous Dyke March and the resulting streets which were gridlocked parking lots. This is the third year in the past four that USNA Out members have had a film screening at Frameline.

About the film

Before “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” became law, before Brokeback Mountain was a Short Story, Burning Blue was a Stage Play being performed in cities around the world. Twenty years later Burning Blue is finally an independent film.

Written in 1992 by DMW Greer USNA '80, a former Naval Aviator, the stage play of Burning Blue premiered to great critical acclaim on the London Fringe at the King’s Head Theater in early 1995 before transferring to The Theatre Royal Haymarket on the West End where the production received two Olivier Awards. Since then, it has been seen by more than 100,000 people in multiple productions around the world from Tel Aviv to Paris. Drawn from the Author's life, this funny, deeply compelling and tragic love story set against the backdrop of the US Navy was shot entirely in New York City.

Last July, USNA Out members in the North East attended a sneak preview screening of the film at the SVA Silas Theatre in New York.

Other information

Film website: http://www.burningbluefilm.com/
Film teaser: http://vimeo.com/36794000
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1811307/
Film director DMW Greer Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMW_Greer

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6/29/2013 - USNA Out at the NY 5K Out-Fit Challenge

Editors' Note

The views expressed in this news story are those of the author. USNA Out does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information provided.

Jeff Morrison '04 and Joe Soto '83 lead the
USNA Out contingent with Sean and Brian Bender '93
bringing up the rear

USNA Out members Brian Bender ‘93, Joe Soto ‘83, and Jeff Morrison ‘04 and their friends and family completed the 5K Out-Fit Challenge on Saturday, June 29, 2013. The mud-run was held in conjunction with the New York City LGBT Pride in Tuxedo National Park approximately one hour outside New York City.

This Out-Fit Challenge is allegedly the first ever national LGBT mud-run. USNA Out members were at the starting line for the inaugural event. The six of us worked as a team helping one another over, under and through thirteen muddy obstacles completing the race hand-in-hand across the finish line. “No Man Left Behind,” a concept ingrained in us at USNA, still holds true.

The USNA Out contingent
at the finish line.

The Out-Fit Challenge supports charities that are making a significant difference in the lives of LGBT individuals across the US.   The goal is to support one national charity and one local charity in every city at which they hold an event. We USNA Out members are proud to have completed this challenging event while at the same time support charities important and relevant to our community.

Even Joe Soto '83
is still alive by the end.

It was USNA Out that brought us together first as alumni, and then as friends. Although we hail from three distinctly different decades of alumni, we have that strong common bond of Annapolis that means so much, particularly as LGBT alumni.

BZ team!

-Jeff Morrison ‘04

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