Celebrating our 14th 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 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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We're Moving!


It's great that there is excitement about a new website.  Our Drupal-6 site has been in place for over ten years, the Drupal-6 CMS is no longer supported, and the look and feel of the site is outdated.  Additionally, Drupal-6 pre-dated the smartphone and hence not smartphone friendly.

WordPress is the CMS du jour for websites, it is open source and supported by a thriving community.  It is non-proprietary and is here to stay in the foreseeable future.  Yes, the WordPress user-interface is

very intuitive and multi-platform friendly...  "Easier than Facebook" to post a news story, in fact, some classes are posting to their class WordPress sites with their phones.

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5/6/2018 - 10th Annual Alumni & Midshipmen Gathering in Annapolis

Register now to reserve your place at this year's event!

All USNA Out members are invited to join us at our TENTH annual alumni event in Annapolis, when the we welcome our soon to be newest members from the Class of 2018 who will be graduating and commissioning 26 days following our event. Welcoming our new alumni members through this annual event has become the most cherished and meaningful of all USNA Out activities.

The event planners are excited to share that for the third time our event is in historic Ogle Hall, the home of the USNA Alumni Association. Ogle Hall is just outside the Yard though Gate Three, on the corner of King James Street & College Avenue. Also new for 2018, so we can better accommodate a lunchtime event all our members and guest midshipmen, the event will start at 12:00 Noon Sunday.

Attending or unable, please RSVP by end of the day Monday, April 30th, so that we can have good numbers for the caterer and have your name badge prepared before you arrive.

The cost to alumni, faculty, staff and parent attendees is at cost. If you cannot make this year’s event, consider making a contribution when you RSVP so that we can continue to keep the event at little to no-charge for our midshipmen guests.

If you have recently met other USNA LGBT alumni who might not be registered with us on our website, please forward this invitation to them so they may also enjoy the opportunity join us in Annapolis!

For our large membership contingent in the Norfolk area, consider coordinating car pooling with the other LGBT alumni in the area.

Hope to see you in Annapolis!

Events

6 May 2018

Tenth Annual Midshipmen - Alumni Dinner

The Class of 2018 Dinner

WHEN: Date 6 May 2018
WHERE: Ogle Hall, Annapolis
COST: $80 per person
RSVP

“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.

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4/1/2018 - From the Chair

Fabian Ortiz '09 chats about
the origins of the event

It seems like yesterday that USNAOut and Navy Spectrum were gathered in Ogle Hall, the home of USNA’s Alumni Association, for our annual Alumni and Midshipmen Dinner. This has always been my favorite USNAOut event, as it gathers alumni together to reconnect with each other, congratulate our midshipmen on completing another year, and welcome the fleet’s newest Navy and Marine Corps officers to our ranks....

members read more....

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9/19/2017 - Popcorn from the Void

The posthumous memoir of former USNA Out member Todd Park was released on July 14, 2017.

Popcorn from the Void: Observations, Manic Kvetching, and the Raw Truth of Leukemia
By Todd Park
288 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1521532324
eBook $2.99/ Paperback $9.99 available in eBook and paperback format at Amazon.com:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/152153232X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1499695426&sr=8-2&keywords=popcorn+from+the+void




It is an entirely philanthropic project with all proceeds being donated to cancer charities.

About Todd:

At 50, Todd Park did not look like a man whose bone marrow teemed with 50% cancerous cells. He had no symptoms. Settled into a new job in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah after a naval career and other post-military employment gave him a lifetime of moving, a simple blood test taken for a discount on health insurance led to an unexpected diagnosis: acute myeloid leukemia. An avid writer, Todd blogged the raw physical, mental, and emotional experience of his treatment for this deadly disease. That blog became this posthumous memoir, Popcorn from the Void, fulfilling the commitment he made to write a book about his experience to help others struggling with leukemia.

Back cover Text: Popcorn from the Void is the raw and intense memoir of Todd Park’s 10-month leukemia treatment- from diagnosis to untimely death. Through wit and wisdom, he helps us to understand the arduous journey of a bone marrow transplant, what daily life is really like for blood cancer patients and their families, and is an example of how to live and die well: with courage, with dignity, and with unfailing hope in the face of incredible odds and powerful medicine.
“The struggle I fight truly is in my mind, so not only am I being weakened physically, I duke it out in ways that just can’t be seen with the eyes. I think that’s why people who survive a crisis of some sort tend to be different or transformed on the other end of their ordeal. Their minds got a major long-term workout, and you just know it when you meet one of these people. They have a presence about them that belies the personal hell they walked through. You know someone has been educated the same way. This is just the post-graduate level of the school of hard knocks. Cancer is definitely the PhD level, and I think it’s fair to say you’re reading my dissertation.”

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06/11/2017 NorCal Pride Kickoff Get-together

USNA Out members living in or visiting Northern California, please join other USNA Outers who will be gathering at the home our member Zoe Dunning '85 for our 2017 Pride Kickoff Get-Together. Zoe & Pam have a home high above Noe Valley. We'll enjoy beverages (BYO) and snacks (hosted) on the rooftop terrace. Being San Francisco, wear sunscreen and be prepared for a cool ocean breeze coming over Twin Peaks.

Event Details:

USNA Out USNA Out members please read event details on the members' only page

RSVP instructions on the members-only event page. If you are reading late-notice, come anyway as we won't have name tags nor assigned roof-top seating.

For those who neither ride bikes long distances or up really big hills, there is ample parking in Zoe's neighborhood.

If you know of other USNA Outers who are in the area who might have missed this invitation, please let them know about this great opportunity to kick off the Pride Season with other USNA Outers in San Francisco.

A very big thanks for Zoe & Pam for hosting!

If you are NOT in the Bay Area and would like to organize a gathering of USNA Out members in your region, please let us know and we will assist you in getting organized.

USNA Out USNA Out members please read event details at https://usnaout.org/mo/norcal-pride-2017

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5/7/2017 - the 2017 Alumni & Midshipmen Event in Annapolis

The Invites are ALMOST OUT!

All USNA Out members are invited to join us at our NINTH annual alumni event in Annapolis, when the we welcome our soon to be newest members from the Class of 2016 who will be graduating and commissioning 19 days following our event. Welcoming our new alumni members through this annual event has become the most cherished and meaningful of all USNA Out activities.

The event planners are excited to share that for the second time our event is happening in historic Ogle Hall, the home of the USNA Alumni Association. Ogle Hall is just outside the Yard though Gate Three, on the corner of King James Street & College Avenue. Also as in 2016, so we can better accommodate all our members and guest midshipmen, the event will be held on a Sunday Afternoon, May 7.

RSVPs are required by Sunday, 30 April (note: early registration by 21 April is discounted).

If you cannot make this year’s event, consider making a contribution when you RSVP so that we can continue to keep the event at little to no-charge for our midshipmen guests.

If you have recently met other USNA LGBT alumni who might not yet be registered on our website, please forward this invitation to them so they may also enjoy the opportunity join us in Annapolis.

For our large membership contingent in the Norfolk area, consider coordinating car pooling with the other LGBT alumni in the area.

Hope to see you in Annapolis!

Just click the invitation below to RSVP!

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[5/7/2017] - the Class of 2017 Midshipmen & Alumni Dinner

YES!
Our TENTH annual Midshipmen & Alumni gathering in Annapolis will be happening this spring. We return to Alumni House for our second year.

Be on the lookout for invitations being emailed to our members soon.

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8/16/2016 - Member Paula Neira '85 to Co-Sponsor USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206)

Paula Nira '86

It is with great excitement to share that the Secretary of the Navy has announced that Senator Diane Feinstein and USNA Out founding member Paula Neira '85 are the co-sponsors of the USNS HARVEY MILK (T-AO-206). The ship’s sponsor is a ceremonial position to bestow good luck and divine protection over the ship.

The "Naming Ceremony" will take place at 2 pm, Tuesday, August 16th on the "great lawn" of Treasure Island, San Francisco.

Paula was a member of the Class of '85. After graduation with distinction, she became a surface warfare officer. She entered the reserves at the end of her obligated service, but volunteered for active duty serving on a minesweeper during Operation Desert Storm.

After resigning her commission, Paula continued her education in nursing and in law, becoming a member of the Maryland Bar Association in 2002.

Paula was a relentless leader in the fight agains the former policy knows as "DOn't Ask, DOn't Tell." After the repeal, she continued her important work towards transgender service.

Paula was the first transgender veteran to win the right to have her military records changed to reflect their correct names and gender. This past May, Paula was inducted into the SLDN Hall of Heroes.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c3818036/paula-neiras-story

General Dynamics NASSCO was awarded a $3 billion contract by the U. S. Navy in June for the detailed design and construction of the next generation of fleet oilers, the John Lewis-class (TAO-205). This contract is for the construction of six ships. The U.S. Navy’s FY2017 budget requests advance procurement for the HarveyMilk, with procurement expected to occur in FY2018.

The great lawn

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5/1/2016 - the 2016 Alumni & Midshipmen Event in Annapolis

The Invites are OUT!

All USNA Out members are invited to join us at our EIGHTH annual alumni event in Annapolis, when the we welcome our soon to be newest members from the Class of 2016 who will be graduating and commissioning 26 days following our event. Welcoming our new alumni members through this annual event has become the most cherished and meaningful of all USNA Out activities.

The event planners are excited to share that for the first time our event is moving to historic Ogle Hall, the home of the USNA Alumni Association. Ogle Hall is just outside the Yard though Gate Three, on the corner of King James Street & College Avenue. Also new for 2016, so we can better accommodate all our members and guest midshipmen, the event will be held on a Sunday Afternoon, May Day.

RSVPs are required by Sunday, 24 April (note: early registration by 17 April is discounted).

If you cannot make this year’s event, consider making a contribution when you RSVP so that we can continue to keep the event at little to no-charge for our midshipmen guests.

If you have recently met other USNA LGBT alumni who might not be registered on our website, please forward this invitation to them so they may also enjoy the opportunity join us in Annapolis.

For our large membership contingent in the Norfolk area, consider coordinating car pooling with the other LGBT alumni in the area.

Hope to see you in Annapolis!

Just click the invitation below to RSVP!

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4/15/2016 - USNA Out as a Shared Interest Group

The March 2017 USNA Alumni Association Wavetops had a short article about Shared Interest Groups. The process to become a SIG is similar to that of applying to be a new Chapter. As we have been through this drill a couple of times in the past, getting our application completed should be relatively quick.

Members, please LOG IN to read more about this exciting opportunity for our organization and sign up to have your name added to the list of USNA alumni who want to be a part of the proposed SIG. We already have the minimum required 25 USNA Out members for us to qualify for recognition, but the more the merrier.

Read more about this opportunity on our website at http://usnaout.org/mo/sig-sign-up.

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12/1/2015 - USNA Spectrum Update

In October, the first "ally week" at USNA, with an announcement made every day at lunchtime from the anchor, featuring various "allies' speaking about what it means to be an ally.

In the past year, twenty-nine USNA Out members have contributed a total of $4,877 via USNA Out to support our Midshipmen. All of our donated proceeds (minus a modest PayPal processing fee) are directed towards programs that directly benefit LGBT Midshipmen and their allies.

You, too, can help support the USNA Spectrum by making a would like to help, please contribute today.

Are You Deployed or Deploying Soon?

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

Army-Navy 2015 is returning to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia! USNA Out is not formally participating in a joint tailgate effort with the Knights Out as in years past as most of our members are attending either their class, the Alumni Association or the Foundation tailgates.

We will have one of our largest attendances at this year's game. If you are joining in on the fun in Philly, 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.

Many 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!

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11/16/2015 - USNA Out Alumni & Midshipman StoryCorps Project

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.

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