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.


April/May 2017

Tenth Annual Midshipmen - Alumni Dinner

The Class of 2017 Dinner

WHERE: Annapolis
COST: Likely $85 per person ($70 before mid April)

“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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[Spring Date TBD] - the Class of 2017 Midshipmen & Alumni Dinner

Our TENTH annual Midshipmen & Alumni gathering in Annapolis will be happening this spring.

The event is in the early planning stages. We will be shooting out invitations to all of your members once we have details to share.

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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.


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

USNA Out has been invited by the USNA Alumni Association to submit our application to become one of the pilot Shared Interest Groups. This process 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 will need at least 25 USNA Out members for us to qualify for recognition.

Read more about this opportunity on our website at http://usnaout.org/mo/2016-sig.

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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.


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.

10/9/2015 - Remembering Travis Wilson Haire

Travis Haire '00

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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.

Travis Haire '00 and Josh in 2012

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.

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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!

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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