Eight Annual Midshipmen - Alumni Dinner
The Class of 2016 Dinner is Coming Soon!.
WHEN: AprilMay 2016(Tentative)
“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.
View the Long Range Planning Calendar.
USNA Out members, we'd like to do a better job keeping track of our members who are serving away from home in a deployed status overseas. If you are deployed or about to deploy, please let us know by commenting on our members only page of deployed members.
We're also seeking a member to serve as our "Deployment Coordinator" so that we can make a better effort to support our deployed members. If you are interested, please let us know!
USNA Out members LOG IN to view the list of our members who are currently deployed.
Army-Navy 2015 is returning to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia!
We will have one of our largest attendances at this year's game. If you are joining in on the fun, please comment on our members only page to have your name added to the list of attendees. If/when there are other events scheduled around the weekend, we'll add you to the email distro.
USNA Out is not formally participating in a joint tailgate effort with the Knights Out as was done a few years ago as most of our members are attending either the Alumni Association or the Foundation tailgates.
Some (all?) of those from the Annapolis area will be taking the buses organized by the Alumni Assn.
USNA Out members, LOG IN to see who is going to be there and to let us know if you are coming, too.
Are you willing to talk to a mid? USNA Out members have been invited to particiapte with the students enrolled in HE360 - LGBT Fiction, a course offered this sememter at USNA, to participate in a StoryCorp project. StoryCorps is a project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and NPR.
Participating alumni will need to be co-located with the students to get satisfactory audio recordings for the project, specifically Annapolis or in a few cases, co-located with the Midshipmen home on Thanksgiving break.
USNA Out members who are in the DC/Baltimore/Annapolis area or in a few select other area of the contry, please LOG IN to read details and sign up to be a participant in this project.
USNA Out is frequently asked for member participation in studies conducted by Masters and PhD candidates at universities around the country and until now had no effective/efficient way to get word of them to our membership. We just created an internal webpage on our site that is linked to our member sign in page that can list studies looking for participants. We will also mention the studies in our newsletters.
Members LOG IN to view the list of current studies seeking participants.
For students who are seeking subjects for your study, please use the contact form on this site and ask that your study be included on our active list of studies. Please include a brief description of your project, the IRB, and guidelines for the type of subject whom you wish to participate. We will do our pest to list applicable studies on our internal webpage. If for some reason you are no longer seeking participants, please let me know that the request has expired.
Film - with the power to change the world one film at a time.
Now that the Spectrum film series is off to a start, here's the list gathered from the thoughts of our Frameline Film Fest family. These films may have some good learning points, although a few are mostly just entertainment.
We have proprietary access to some of the films thanks to the generosity of the producers or distributors.
Log in to view the USNA Out recommended film list within the members only pages.
Travis Haire '00
It is with great sadness that we share the word that USNA Out member Travis Haire passed away this evening at Tripler Medical Center in Honolulu. Travis suffered a cardiac arrest earlier in the week, with consequential catastrophic brain damage.
Travis came to the Naval Academy as a prior enlisted from the Naval Nuclear Power School. At USNA, he was a member of the 25th company and majored in Marine Engineering. From Travis' Lucky Bag page:
Travis, Trav, Trav-ees (like the French say), Pubic, and Hess - no matter what name he goes by, he’s always the same guy. Our salty prior originally hails from the pig-farming hills of East Liverpool. Earning fame as a scarecrow, he entered the navy sure that he wanted to be in submarines (long and hard, just the way he likes ‘em). After four years, he still hasn’t changed his mind. He also hasn’t changed many of his ways since our preacher’s son greeted us on I-day four years ago. Pierced tongues, pierced nipples, and tattoos only start the list. After naming his rifle Virgin E., we all knew we had met an interesting character. This was merely amplified by spectacles like Madonna on a U-Haul and my twin sister. We’ll all miss seeing him ride proudly through the Yard in Goldie and watching selections from his movie collection (especially “Meet the Deedles”). Trav, best of luck in the Navy and life, and I hope your first CO lets Stinky deploy with you.
After graduation, Travis entered the nuclear power training pipeline and the submarine service. He served as a junior officer onboard USS PARCHE (SSN 683) where he was selected as the squadron 2004 Junior Officer of the Year, then as Engineer Officer of the USS MARYLAND (SSBN 738) BLUE in Kings Bay, Georgia, immediately prior to reporting to the the Superintendent's staff at the Naval Academy.
It was in Annapolis as the Flag Secretary to the Superintendent that we came to know Travis. He joined USNA Out in March of 2011, six months before the end of the policy formerly known as “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.” According to Kevin O’Reilly USAFA ’04 who served at USNA concurrently with Travis: “As Travis started to come out on the Yard, I saw him bevcome more comfortable and confident with himself as an officer. Travis became a resourceful mentor and sponsor, generously opening his home to USNA Out midshipmen. It was in Annapolis that Travis met the love of his life, Josh, who brought out the best in Travis that we all knew and love." Travis married Josh in July, 2013. They lived in Kaneohe with their Saint Bernard, Daffy. Travis was most recently was serving as the Submarine Liaison Officer at Naval Special Warfare Group Three in Pearl Harbor, HI.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held on Thursday, 15 October at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel, 1600 Frederick St.
Travis' Funeral was held in the Naval Academy Chapel at 10 am Friday, 23 October, followed by Inurnment in the Naval Academy Columbarium with Military Honors.
Travis has been entered into the USNA Out Memoriam.
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.
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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.
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!
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.”