12/19/09 – Holiday Wishes

“As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped shape our lives in a most significant way. We value our relationship with you and look forward to sharing many more good times with you in the years to come. We wish you a very happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with peace and prosperity.”

. . .Anon

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12/17/09 – USNA Out’s Jeff Petrie to Chair Joint Service Academy Association

Jeff Petrie's Official SAGALA photograph

Jeff Petrie, USNA ’89

Jeff Petrie, Founder of USNA Out, has taken the helm as Chair of the Board of Directors of the joint Service Academy Gay & Lesbian Alumni Association (sagala.NET). The SAGALA mission is to provide a professional and social network for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual cadets, midshipmen and alumni who attended one of the five federal service academies. SAGALA was founded in 1993 and has grown to over 400 members from all five academies. Membership is restricted to those alumni.

Jeff was one of 35 founding members of USNA Out in 2003. In 2007, the “Blue Alliance” was formed as a support and education network that promotes dignity and respect for LGBT alumni of the United States Air Force Academy and their allies. A similar group of West Point alumni, “Knights Out,” became active in March, 2009.

Chairman Petrie’s term begins 1 January, 2010, and runs for one calendar year.

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12/13/09 – Army/Navy 2009 Weekend

USNA Out at Army-Navy 2009

USNA Out’ers join Out Knights
and other SAGALA members
at the Army-Navy 2009 Tailgate
©2009 Jo Ann Santangelo photographer

Many of the usual suspects returned for Army-Navy 2009.

The weekend began at a “Welcome to Philly” reception at the home of USNA Out member Joe Soto. More than a dozen alumni from West Point, Annapolis and New London made it to town in time for the Friday night affair. Thank goodness for the late afternoon 14:30 kick-off time for the game.

USNA Out at Army-Navy 2009

USNA Out members chat with
PA Congressman Patrick Murphy
who stopped in at the tailgate.
©2009 Jo Ann Santangelo

This year, we thank the Knights Out of West Point for taking charge of orchestrating a great Tailgate brunch before the game. For the first time, the Army and Navy were represented in equal numbers.

A few USNA Out members made the trek to Philadelphia to join us for the first time. Braxton Sisco ’95 flew in from Dallas, Texas, bringing along his mother-in-law while his partner Robert finishes studying in the UK. An alumni from ’00, who first learned about USNA Out by googling “army navy gay tailgate” (it works, as usual) came down from New York with a friend.

An additional SF Bay Area Chapter/USNA Out game watching event was held at the North Star cafe in San Francisco. More coming when we have photos/reports.

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