San Diego Get Together
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April 26 2014
The Sixth Annual Midshipmen Hosted Dinner in Annapolis
Details to come in mid-March
“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.
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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.
Todd Park '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.
A great tailgate
with great friends
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
-Jeff Morrison ‘04
Many of the attendees in one group shot
Many of our San Diego alumni gathered together in our second and largest San Diego/SoCal gathering.
USNA Out members can Log-in to read more about the evening in the members only version of this story.
USNA Out gatherings are great means for us to come together, and in turn, do our part to support our mission and the mission of the Naval Academy. If you are interested in organizing a local USNA Out get-together in your area, please let us know!
What does USNA Out have to do with the film festivals? Not much, other than our own film OUT of ANNAPOLIS had its West Coast Premeir at Frameline 34 and did the full LGBT film festival circuit, and we know firsthand how films can change lives and minds.
This year’s festival at Frameline got off to a great start and that strength continued through the festival A few films that we can strongly recommend for our USNA LGBT audiences because of how they can relate so some of our members..
Free Fall (Freier Fall) -Narrative feature - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2617828 - Two men attend the Police Academy together, and later end up in the same precinct. As their forbidden love progresses, their lives become more and more intertwined and difficult, especially as one is the father of a newborn and has to explain his inattention to his wife, who suspects something is not quite right in their relationship.
Substitute Police Academy for Naval Academy and US Navy or Marine Corps for Baden-Württemberg police, and this is the story of many of our members. This show demonstrates how continuing to live against your sexual desires results in hurting a lot of people, particularly those whom you love the most in life.
(In German with English subtitles, gratuitous tobacco abuse)
The Out List (HBO) -Documentary - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2617828 - High profile members of today's LGBTQ community reveal their struggles and triumphs of being "Out" in America. A well done documentary that has much to which many of our USNA Out member will be able to relate.
This film was televised on HBO beginning on Thursday, June 27th.
Burning Blue 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.
Written and directed by USNA Alum David Greer and a leading role played by USNA Alum Rob Moyes '08.
Winner: Valentine Road.
Honorable Mention: Big Joy
Honorable Mention: The New Black
Wells Fargo Juried First Feature Award ($7,500)
Winner: "Out in the Dark"
Special Mention: Compassion
Audience Favorite Awards
Documentary: The New Black
Feature: Reaching for the Moon
The is the second year that we have provide a report from the Frameline Festival. See our review of Films at Frameline 36.
USNA Out has sent our "Welcome" to the LGB appointees to the USNA Class of 2017. Out members can read about our welcoming gesture to 2017 in the members pages of our site. You will be asked for your log in credentials to access the story.
USNA Out members, read the latest status of Shared Interest Groups (SIGs aka "Affinity Groups") in a special report to USNA Out members. You will be asked to log in to access the report.
With great thanks to alumni, this event was fully funded allowing midshipmen to attend at no-cost. All USNA Out members are encouraged to make an annual contribution to USNA Out. Please see http://usnaout.org/giving
USNA Out members, please click the invitation from the Class of 2013 to visit the details page of our fifth annual midshipmen's congratulatory 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.
Arizona State Sun Devils
Saturday, 29 December 2012
1:00 pm (PST)
USNA Out members, see details of our friday evening welcome to SF buffet dinner events at the bottom of the event page
You must buy your wristband for the pre-game tailgate online at by 7pm EST (4 PM PACIFIC) Saturday, 22 December. Buy your wristbands online at http://www.navyonline.com
The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter also told chapter members in an email that wristbands also available for purchase at the Westin St. Francis Hotel on December 27th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and December 28th, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Celebrate the end of the year in San Francisco at the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
USNA Out members will be participating in the myriad of events leading up to the game. Additionally, will be having a "Welcome to San Francisco" reception on Friday evening at 19:00 followed by dinner at 20:00 at the home of a USNA Out member easily accessible on public transit. Details on the event page.
In addition to other possible opportunities to get together, USNA Out members willbe joining the Brigade and the other USNA Alumni at the "world's largest tailgate" that precedes the game at AT&T Park.
To buy tickets for the game: Navy Sports
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The USNA Out Board of Directors is holding an in person meeting this weekend in San Francisco and Chairman Brian Bender and the rest of the board would like to invite all USNA Out members to an informal get together this Friday evening November 9th before the meeting starts on Saturday. This is an opportunity for all our local members or anyone in the area to meet the
Board and other alumni from the Bay Area, relax, socialize and celebrate day three of no political ads. Please see the details below and if you are coming please RSVP Paul Culver so he can make sure no one goes home hungry.
We would like to welcome all of our guests to San Francisco with a cocktail hour and an informal stand up dinner to be held at Paul Culver's house to start off our get together. This should give everyone time to relax, adjust time zones, and reacquaint yourselves with some folks you probably haven't seen in a long time and possibly will be meeting for the first time. The get together will be here:http://goo.gl/maps/0B3w2. The address is 360 Church Street, Apt. B, San Francisco, 94114
What is currently planned is:
18:30 - 20:00 Cocktails and Conversation
20:00 - 21:00 Informal buffet dinner
20:30 - Discussion of meeting protocol, agenda, priorities and goals
9:00 - Open
After dinner everyone is more than welcome to stay and have another drink or two if they like. Anyone interested in going to clubs will find that they are all within walking distance. There is one wine bar in the Castro for those who might like a quiet place where you can have a drink and also a conversation. Since it is Friday night most of the other bars will be loud and busy.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday.
USNA Out got word today that per COMDTMIDINST 1710.14H signed 8/23/2012, the the NAVY Spectrum has been approved as an official Extracurricular Activity (ECA) at the United States Naval Academy. As a newly approved ECA, the Spectrum does not yet appear in the online listing of ECAs at USNA. Per timelines established by academy directives governing ECAs at USNA, this approval came at the first possible opportunity subsequent to the fall of DADT.
NAVY SPECTRUM is now an official ECA at the USNA designed to promote healthy working relationships amongst gay, straight, lesbian, and bisexual service members while also providing a safe environment for communication. No other ECA at the Naval Academy focuses on gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues specifically. As graduates of the Naval Academy as future naval officers and officers of Marines, Midshipmen will benefit by understanding how to deal with such matters and by setting the example in the fleet for others to follow. USNA Spectrum is the third such organization to be approved at a service academy, following the approvals of the USCGA Spectrum in December 2011 and the USAFA Spectrum in April.
Although USNA Out strongly supports the mission and objectives of this ECA, there is no official connection between USNA Out and the Spectrum ECA at the US Naval Academy.
A direct web link to USNA Spectrum will be provided once website is established at USNA.edu. For those wishing to send their personal congratulations to the USNA Spectrum, you may leave a personal post on the USNA Out Facebook Page
Our CONGRATULATIONS to USNA Spectrum!